Yes, according to young people recently surveyed by the Barna Group. Reflecting on the study, the Religion News Service reports:
Majorities of young people in America describe modern-day Christianity as judgmental, hypocritical and anti-gay. What's more, many Christians don't even want to call themselves "Christian" because of the baggage that accompanies the label.
The study also reports that an increasing number of young adults have concluded that modern-day Christianity is decidedly un-Jesus-like:
"It started to become more clear to us that what they're experiencing related to Christianity is some of the very things that Jesus warned religious people about," [the researcher reported]. "Which is, avoiding removing the log from your own eye before trying to take the speck out of someone else's."
I heard Jim Wallis speaking on the CBS News last night as part of a report about how the Republican party is losing religious conservatives. Wallis pointed out that many evangelical Christians are no longer two issue voters (e.g. abortion and gay marriage). They have turned their focus to such issues as Darfur, poverty, global warming, the war, and other justice issues. Perhaps this is the light at the end of the tunnel for a Church that seems locked in a medieval attitude about sexual orientation. Perhaps the day is coming when we'll stop fighting over issues that divide us and instead focus on the issues that we can work on together as part of God's mission in the world.
Frankly, I think we are seeing the last vestiges of the Church's fixation on sexual orientation, at least in this country. The young people of today have a decidedly different attitude on this issue than the older generations and the passage of time will eventually see, I believe, the Church turning its energies from quarreling over who can marry whom, and back to things that really matter. Or am I being overly optimistic?