A COLLISION OF CULTURE & CHRISTIANITY
In the science of Physics, the term ‘momentum’ refers to the quantified motion of a moving body and/or object; it is the product of the object’s mass (weight) and velocity (the speed of something in any given direction); it is how fast something is moving relative to its weight (MOMENTUM = MASS x VELOCITY). The term ‘millennial’ in this context refers to a generation of people who were born roughly between 1980 and the early 2000s (roughly 2005). Thus, when I use the term ‘Millennial Momentum’, it refers to the study and analysis of this generation’s (generation Y or the Millennials), motion i.e. movement and weight mass; meaning the load or that which this generation carries be it positive or negative. Sociologist have a view of this generation, demographers seem to be experts of generational pathologies and trends and psychologist claim to understand this generation’s behavior unlike any other, but the Bible is the only document that proclaims irrefutable truth that serves as the only hope for the Millennial’s plight. This generation, my generation, unlike any other generation faces things that are foreign to previous generations.
The purpose of this volume is to provide a basis for a fuller, concrete, and more informed discussion communally, locally and prayerfully nationally, about the Millennial. This emerging creature, the Millennial, isn’t really a complex being, he is no different than those who comprise previous generations. The Millennial thinks, feels, loves, hates, fails, deceives, worries, stresses, compromises, evolves, sins…the list can go on and on. The point is: The Millennial is not some newly discovered creature that should be gawked at! The Millennial is a product of “Generation x’, a product of a postmodern society, a product and expression of the human condition with roots in the past and great potential for the future.
Momentum is primarily important when it comes to the contact or collision of objects. The more momentum i.e. the heavier (more powerful) and the faster something moves the harder the impact. In this case, Christianity and culture are colliding and the overarching question is; what do we (the Church) do when our Christianity and culture (that primarily of millennials) begins to collide? In order for our Christianity, our Faith to have impact and impulse i.e. change in the direction and/or flow of momentum it must have a greater weight i.e. power and speed behind it than the culture. There is no longer any room for indifferent, ignorant, complacent Christianity. Newton’s first law of motion says; “an object at rest stays at rest and an object in motion stays in motion with the same speed and in the same direction unless acted upon by an unbalanced force”. We make church and Christianity stagnant when we refuse to allow the force and strength of the Holy Spirit to flow freely instead. Instead, religiosity is pumping throughout much of the Christian community.
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As this generations moves, advances, grows, and matures we cannot passively sit by and allow Christ to continually be misrepresented by religious heretics. The supreme goal of this volume is to inform, empower and mobilize its readers equipping them with strategy that will allow them to understand, reach and engage the Harvest, particularly the Millennial Harvest. A Harvest that is ready but is surrounded by many laborers who aren’t. There are some streams and communities that thankfully have tapped in and flow with great strength and might, but this phenomenon is not as widespread and vast as it could and should be. This volume, will prayerfully, be a tool that helps Christ’s Church, His true Church, gain momentum in this current collision of Christianity and culture.
(This is an exceprt from a manuscript written by JayJuan Jones)