Recently, an evangelical Christian polling firm released a study on Christian views of evangelization. It asked participants to say whether or not they agreed with statements like, “Part of my faith means being a witness about Jesus” and “When someone raises questions about faith, I know how to respond.” The survey then broke down the responses by age group: Millennials (ages 20 to 34), Gen X (ages 35 to 53), Boomers (ages 54 to 72), and Elders (age 73+).
In general, respondents in all age groups responded favorably to statements regarding the importance of sharing one’s faith and knowing how to do it.
One statement stood out, however: “It is wrong to share one’s personal beliefs with someone of a different faith in hopes that they will one day share the same faith.” To this statement, a sizable majority of practicing Christians in the Gen X, Boomer, and Elder categories (rightly) expressed disagreement. But almost half of Millennials agreed that it was wrong to share one’s faith in hopes of converting somebody to it.