This might be considered somewhat of a spin-off from @Nick_Allen in his post under the “what are good arguments against theistic evolution?” where, referring to some regular meetings, he wrote:
It strikes me that this may be (or may lead to) a bigger issue that needs our attention. And that issue is this: youth may simply be reflecting back to us the values that they see/saw pursued by prior generations. In short, if people are worried about declining Sunday morning attendance in some quarters, the problem may not be so much with the youth, but with the rest of us.
Faithful church-goers may be talking a good talk, but in the end if they chase after the same things that everybody else chases (pleasure, wealth, power, honor, and the media that now strokes so many of those nerve-centers for us) then all such talk is just that. It won’t matter how biblically correct it is. In fact, it may even be detrimental to combine “correct” biblical talk with the life-style that seduces so many of us, because it then becomes associated with hypocrisy in the minds of observers (our youth).
YECs and TEs of all stripes have soul-searching to do; YECs because they implicitly push the message that modern science (no matter how much they distill, “correct”, qualify, or restrict that to some approved category) is the only real arbiter of all truth. And this deadly seduction is not made one whit less true or dangerous by loud (but in the end deceived) protestations that the Bible is being held above science. In fact the failure to discern this elephant just makes it that much more spiritually tragic for youth.
But the same thing is just as true for those (like TEs) who have acclimated themselves to more widely accepted science. Despite the loud TE protestations that “all truth is God’s truth”, even so --how do the youth in such households see their parents spending resources? Is time and effort spent pursuing the same big four (honor, pleasure, …) but with a religious veneer put over it? Are scientific understandings/advances pursued with more zeal than spiritual health / relationship with God? Is the near entire focus of energies on making our present situations (or near future --think rich man building more barns) more safe/secure/pleasurable? If so, Sunday morning won’t be doing much for our youth, and they know that. It may be that the only advantage the TE has over the YEC in all this is a greater awareness that there even exists the elephant of scientific tyranny that has become a virtually invisible backdrop for so many who are otherwise earnest in their reverence for scripture.
But greater understanding --even greater Scriptural understanding, is for nothing if we are all together seduced by the many other siren calls that keep otherwise good convictions and correct beliefs locked away where they can’t interfere too much with real agendas.
So as we celebrate Jesus’ victory over the grave tomorrow, let’s not forget the “so … what? …” that needs to follow on Monday morning and every day after.