Just when we’ve gotten to the point where we’re totally down on your youth, we have these little Hallmark-like specimens to lift our spirits.
I can’t help but be skeptical.
After all, if there are this many teens interested in faith, then why doesn’t that interest play itself out in arenas like school, or in their mode of dress, or in the way they interact with others?
If you’re disillusioned with young people, or worried about them in general, consider a survey conducted by Teen Research Unlimited for B’nai B’rith.
The survey of 1,153 teens, reported in the Washington Times, found that 70 percent of 13- to 15-year-olds say that religion is important to them and that
they would like to connect better with their faith.
The percentages decline as teens get older; only 62 percent of 16- to 18-year-olds said the same. The decline was more likely among boys than girls.
Conducted last fall, the survey looked at teens of various faiths, as well as those who professed no faith.
Overall, the percentages are high. And that should nudge parents and others to ask themselves: How attuned am I to teenagers’ spiritual needs?