In the video series, “Millennial Trends and the Church,” Roxanne Stone, vice president of publishing for Barna Group, discusses the seismic cultural shifts that have occurred during Millennials’ (those born between 1984 and 2002) lifetime. Specifically, in Video 7 of her “Millennial Trends” series, she discusses what it means to live in “digital Babylon.”
For Jewish people before the Babylonian exile, their religion permeated the culture, Stone says. When the Jews were exiled to Babylon, they were taken out of their culture and forced to adapt to and adopt many of the practices of a foreign people.
In the same way, Millennials have grown up in a world where Christianity has lost much of its influence. The world is now predominantly governed by the Internet. We’re living in a “digital Babylon,” says Stone.
So what does it mean to live out a faith in “Babylon” instead of “Jerusalem?" And how can the church help Millennials especially connect with God and grow in their faith in a culture that is constantly pulling them away from a Christian worldview?
Drawing from Barna’s extensive database of research on Millennials, including findings from the Aspen/Barna study, Making Space for Millennials, Stone offers an in-depth look at the significant traits of Millennials that will affect the future of the church. To hear more about how the church can address these key aspects of the Millennial experience, watch Roxanne Stone’s video series, “Millennial Trends & the Church.”