By: Kassidy Weichers
NO! In fact, Millennials reject religion but embrace spirituality. According to a Pew Research Study, Millennials are less religious than older Americans, but just as spiritual. But why the divide in religion and spirituality for Millennials? Millennials do not like to be told what to do, but like to ask their own questions and find out the answer for themselves. Because of this, Millennials view religion as a way to be given answers without questioning. However, spirituality allows them to ask questions and seek answers for themselves; it is a way to live their own life and not be forced into to “traditions” that religion can bring.
Millennials’ beliefs in spirituality affect their decisions to get married and the decisions they make once they are married. One example of this is that Millennials might choose a marriage partner who has similar spiritual beliefs as they do. They might look for someone who makes them want to be a better person or maybe someone who challenges their beliefs. Spirituality can also guide them in the direction towards marriage. It might help them know when they are ready for that kind of commitment or who they will make that commitment with. Once married, spirituality can help a couple come closer to each other. They can use it as a guide in their lives and find answers together to any questions they might have. Overall, spirituality within a marriage can make and keep a couple very strong.
As a married Millennial, I can attest to the role that spirituality (my personal Faith) plays within a marriage. While my husband and I share the same religion, it is our spirituality that brought us together. When I first met my husband, the thing that stood out to me the most was how loving and accepting he was of me and my flaws. I had never felt that much love before I met him. I felt that way because of the kind of spirit he carried and still carries with him. Another thing that brought us closer was that he made me want to be a better person. Discussing our spiritual beliefs helped me confirm that he was the right man for me. Today, we use our spirituality as a way to guide us and help us make big decisions together. I would say that the most important role spirituality has played in our marriage is that it allows us to always lean on each other. It keeps us close and helps keep us strong, even when it is hard to be strong.