This is interesting.
Though Gallup polls dating to the '50s say young adults are less likely to attend services or say religion is very important in their lives, clergy of all stripes say they are seeing a small wave of young adults who are more pious than their parents. And they're getting an earful from boomer moms and dads who range from shocked to delighted.
It's not just Christianity, which is even more intriguing to me. There's an increasing passion in young people to live out an uncompromised faith.
Luke 12:49-53//I came to send fire on the earth, and how I wish it were already kindled ... Do you suppose that I came to give peace on earth? I tell you, not at all, but rather division. ... Father will be divided against son and son against father, mother against daughter and daughter against mother ...
Of course, said division has been on the earth since Jesus died and rose and ascended ... or even since Abram left his family for an unknown land. It's interesting to me that it seems to be picking up again. In a society that has become less and less "pious" with every passing generation, this new pattern is beginning to emerge.
One Rabbi notices that these "devout young people are 'floating below the radar.'" Probably not for long.
A sign of the times? I leave it to you.