This article first appeared in Mennonite World Review.
Two months ago at Sent, the Anabaptist church-planting conference, I spoke with some young church planters about what brings millennials to church. “Maybe we should be more like Bernie Sanders,” I joked.
“Why not?” one planter responded. “If the church offered free education, millennials would be all over that.”As the Sanders campaign meanders onward, many speculate how the 74-year-old attracted such a rabid millennial following. But the church should ask another question: Has Sanders said something to our young people that the church has failed to say?
As I scroll through my Facebook feed, as I listen to a Goshen College alum explain his tithing to Sanders’ campaign, as I talk with a recent Wheaton College graduate celebrating Sanders’ win in Indiana — the answer is a resounding yes. Continue reading