If You Read Nothing Else This Weekend … Why Are Young Americans So Miserable?

It’s rare that an article speaks so directly and precisely to a whole generation but this piece — “Why Are Young Americans So Miserable?” —by Charles Fain Lehman of the Washington Free Beacon does so for the millions of men and women in the Net Generation.

The “Net Generation,” by the way, is how my distant Canadian kinsmen, Don Tapscott, described the first generation in human history to grow up with the Internet in his 2008 book, “Grown-Up Digital.” Written a decade ago, it’s still well worth reading.

Lehman’s analysis points to the extraordinary and growing degree of non-connectedness among the members of the Net Generation, which includes thousands of young men and women working on Capitol Hill.

I understand the “hole of connection” Lehman describes as having been created in millions of young lives by social media, but I would argue that there is such a void in every human heart that only God can fill and that is through His son Jesus Christ.

For a number of reasons Lehman explores, social media makes that hole more intense, more immediate today but people since the dawn of history have at one time or another confronted the feeling that there is something missing, something not quite right, something out of place in themselves.

If you want to know why, I will be happy to send you at no charge a copy of Josh McDowell’s “More Than A Carpenter.” It’s a tremendously persuasive look at the evidence for the literal resurrection of Jesus.

And if He really was resurrected — which means He was speaking the most important words ever spoken when He said “I am the way and the truth and the life — then that changes EVERYTHING for all of us.

Just leave your name, email and snail mail address in the comments and I will ship “More Than A Carpenter” to you.

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Author: Mark Tapscott

Follower of Christ, devoted husband of Claudia, doting father and grandfather, conservative lover of liberty, journalist and First Amendment fanatic, former Hill and Reagan aide, vintage Formula Ford racer, Okie by birth/Texan by blood/proud of both, resident of Maryland. Go here: https://hillfaith.blog/about-hillfaith-2/

18 thoughts on “If You Read Nothing Else This Weekend … Why Are Young Americans So Miserable?”

  1. The young need several things. Yes, faith is one of them, but let’s not neglect the others: a hopeful spirit; a benevolent attitude; confidence in themselves; willingness to assume that others are good until they demonstrate otherwise; and a set of standards that are independent of all fads and fashions. The original version of Christianity can supply some of those things. The version our mainline churches are peddling today is sadly deficient. It’s a problem for which no solution is in sight.


    1. Well said, Francis. The mainline Protestant churches long ago gave up the true Gospel and exchanged it for the Social (i.e. false) Gospel. Thanks for commenting.


  2. Yep – good ole Josh McDowell. Read one of this evidence books back in 1991-92. Made all the difference.


  3. Francis; true Christianity, of which there are a variety of branches, will supply ALL of these, and more. It will give meaning and purpose to their lives. The mainline churches, alas. are lost.
    Leo M. Walker
    5810 York Blvd.
    Los Angeles, CA 90042
    With thanks.


    1. Jeff, thank you so much for asking! HillFaith is a project of the 52-Week Ministry Foundation, which is a 501(c)(3) organization. Our application for tax exemption is with the IRS and the foundation is presumed to be exempt during this waiting period for the official word from the IRS on our application. The foundation’s EIN is: 82-5196912. Contributions can be mailed to: 52-Week Ministry Foundation, 1213-J Liberty Drive, Eldersburg, MD 21784. If you prefer to contribute via bank wire, call Mark Tapscott at 301-275-6645 for the needed information. A snail mail letter is headed your way today, too, with more information on the foundation. THANK YOU!


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