I read this article from Christianity Today that is pretty sobering. I want go into the gory details, but it essentially addresses the problems of young people leaving the church.
It is difficult to address every reason for young people leaving the faith. I can be perfectly honest and say that my own personal struggles with faith were born out of moral dissonance, with me desiring to be and do things that were out of alignment with God’s ideals and prefects. For me, the walk away from faith was precipitated by my desire to follow after worldly desires rather than God. I also, however, realize that not everyone can say the same thing. Many people walk away from faith due to pains inflicted by the church itself, or from other members of the church. Still others see their faith wilt when they are unable to get answers for the questions that plague them.
What can we do with this? How do we make an impact. First, we follow the Philippians 2 plan for being like Christ, and asking to have the same heart that helps us to both deny desires that would pull us astray, as well as treat everyone around us in a manner that would be pleasing to God. Also, we should be prepared “to give an answer for the hope that lies within us,” (1 Peter 3:15). There is nothing sadder than a Christian who has no idea what they believe, why they believe, or how they live out that belief. If we have the grand hope of eternity with God, why would we not have an answer for why we believe? This type of preparation of our own hearts can be the difference in another young person staying in or leaving from the faith.