Sunday, August 22, 2010

National Crisis of Delayed Adulthood

Two articles shared by 9 Marks recently confirmed what I've been noticing for some time, in my extended family circles, in the workplace, and in the church. I wanted to capture the links and share them here, for my own future reference, but also just in case the handful of people who still care about what I post haven't seen them yet. So here ya go:

Why are so many people in their 20s taking so long to grow up? at The New York Times. The author calls the 20's a "Black Box".  Here's a good quote that the guys at 9 Marks pulled out:
"One-third of people in their 20s move to a new residence every year. Forty percent move back home with their parents at least once. They go through an average of seven jobs in their 20s, more job changes than in any other stretch. Two-thirds spend at least some time living with a romantic partner without being married. And marriage occurs later than ever. The median age at first marriage in the early 1970s, when the baby boomers were young, was 21 for women and 23 for men; by 2009 it had climbed to 26 for women and 28 for men, five years in a little more than a generation. . . . We’re in the thick of what one sociologist calls “the changing timetable for adulthood.”
Along the same line, Acts 29 is featuring a BootCamp for wannabe church planters. The event is not for wannabe men. Like the Marines, Acts 29 seems to be looking for "A Few Good Men." Great! 'Cause the two of the most important career fields where those entering the ranks are nearly always 20-somethings are 1) pastors and 2) military officers. We cannot afford to have Bans (or Moys, as I prefer) doing those jobs. But here is a great call to service by Acts 29 in Seattle, which looks really encouraging and promising:
Seattle Bootcamp: For Men who aren't Boys

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Great links! This cultural trend drives me crazy. I see grown men behaving like kids and they are supposed to be "in charge" of us.

Plus, I'd really like to know when we, the Church, will start treating porn like every other sexual sin. I know guys who've been addicted to porn for decades and have never been disciplined and take communion every week just like nothing was wrong.

We need to stop babying and coddling these guys.

Jack B.