Young singles may not contribute much money, but they often can give volunteer time
Feb 10, 2004
It’s not that they don’t care. In a recent study, 80 percent of people in their 20s said their faith is very important in their lives. Nearly 60 percent claimed to have made a personal commitment to Jesus Christ. Three-fourths of the age group told the Barna Research Group that they had prayed during the past seven days.
But in a typical week, just three out of ten twentysomethings attend church. Only 30 percent of adults in their 20s donated to a church during the past year; the same percentage reads the Bible during any given week. Religious leaders weren’t surprised by the statistics.
“I think it’s pretty much straight up with what we see here,” said Scotty Jernigan, pastor of the Crossroads Church at Belforest in Daphne, Alabama. “They have not seen where church relates to and where Christianity relates to their everyday life.” Bottom line, Jernigan said, is that young adults are looking for something relevant at church and coming up short.
A. M. Stroud III, a former prosecutor in Louisiana, expresses regret for the role he played in sending Glenn Ford to death row in 1984. “I was 33 years old. I was arrogant, judgmental, narcissistic and very full of myself. I was not as interested in justice as I was in winning.” Stroud says he presented dubious evidence from a forensic pathologist, precluded black jurors from the trial (Ford, since exonerated, is black), and ignored the fact that the appointed defense attorney had never before tried a criminal or capital case. “I . . . hope that providence will have more mercy for me than I showed Glenn Ford,” Stroud said in a letter to the editor of the Times of Shreveport. “But, I’m also sobered by the realization that I certainly am not deserving of it” (ABA Journal, March 25).