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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