In 2013, Time Magazine called Millennials the “Me Me Me Generation”, labeling them lazy, entitled, selfish, and shallow. Since then, other writers contradict this negative definition. They say millennials are confident, focused on self but they care deeply for family and friends. They do have little tolerance for uninformed viewpoints; they question rules but obey them. I’m no expert on any specific group, but I believe God calls every generation to take stock of life, to regard Him as Supreme who deserves our highest praise and obedience. God invites us to live in relationship with Himself through faith in His Son Jesus. He challenges us to live out each day His wise purpose and values. God chided His people of old for abandoning Him and living self-centered lives. In their proud pursuit for material gain and power, they had ignored God and were offering Him less than their best—defective animals in worship. We read God’s challenge in Malachi chapter 3. God urged them, “Return to me, and I will return to you.” Today, God still calls us to admit our failures and draw near to Him.

Dr. Melvin E. Banks, Sr. is the founder and chairman of UMI (Urban Ministries, Inc.). Under his direction, UMI has grown to be a leading publisher of Christian education resources for churches in the African American community. Read More

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