The statistics are alarming: over 70%, that is almost 3 out of every 4, young Christians walk away from their faith when they are in the first years of college!
These are young adults who were born and raised in Christian families. They went to church with their parents and likely attended church classes and youth groups. Perhaps they even went to Christian schools or were home schooled. Still, by the time they get to ‘live on their own’, which in most cases is when they go to college; they walk away from their faith, likely to never return again.
This is a grueling statistic. This is not just another poll we can ignore, but this is a society changing phenomenon. I know this to be true, not just from looking at it, but also from living it. I was part of this ‘walking away from the faith’ phenomenon in the 1960ies and 1970ies in the Netherlands. Being raised in a Christian family and spending my young years with my parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles ‘in church’ I, and most of my fellow students, lost my faith in high school/college.
The result: the Netherlands, which was once founded on solid Christian values and considered for centuries to be a sound Christian nation, is now a country where about 50% of its citizens claim to be atheist and there are now possibly more active Muslims than Christians!