Now it's time for the last three items on Piatt's list.
We're Skeptical. If you're expecting someting here about, say, arguments against the Resurrection -- wrong. This one's about how Piatt's generation finds itself bombarded by informtion, especially advertising, everywhere, and Piatt speaks of the "amount of energy filtering things out." So, because of this, they are "always assuming that whoever is trying to get your attention wants something, just like everyone else."
It's nice to know that Piatt has become so shallow that he cannot see any distinction between a pizza commercial and a message of grave spiritual import, and as become so undisciplined of mind that he can't shut out the trivialities.
Here's a solution from someone who has written a great deal on the subject: Drop the cell phone, quit texting, and read more.
We're Exhausted. Piatt observes that so many of his generation are going to college now, and that "the baseline standard for family economics requires a two-income revenue stream to live in any level of the middle class." Then there's all that time they spend on marriage and kids. With all that, "[w]e always running a deficit. So when you ask me to set aside more time and more money for church, you're trying to tap already empty reserves."
How droll. I wonder how most people before 1800 got by having to spend most of the day out in the field working, and without the benefit of things like television, Net surfing, soccer and dance practice for the kids, and eating out 3 nights a week. I also wonder how Christians in the Sudan find time for worship with all that persecution going on. As above, the answer is: Get rid of the fluff.
I Don't Get It. Here a quote speaks pretty much for itself: "From what I can tell from the outside, there's not much relevance to my life in [church], and I'm not about to take the risk of walking through the door to find out otherwise."
Hmm. Self-centered, oblivious, and ungrateful. The obvious answer: Don't be that way! Of course, I'm the first to admit that churches have failed on this, too to some extent, but it also doesn't help that the likes of Piatt come to church expecting to be entertained and not challenged.
I'd have to say that "I don't get it" ought to be in the Bible -- so that Piatt can take it as his "life verse".