Duck Dynasty darling Sadie Robertson Huff said that Generation Z is “craving” absolute truth and discipleship from older Christians despite the increasing prevalence of relativity and their fearfulness in coming forward.
During the “Gen Z” session of the 2020 Q&A: A Virtual Townhall event on Thursday, Huff discussed her thoughts regarding 18-23 year olds as it relates to discipleship, mental health, and social media.
Huff said she believes the church is asking “too little” of Generation Z and that it often “makes excuses” for their behavior and lack of involvement in spiritual matters.
“I’ve sat in a room with church leaders whom I love and adore… But there are times when I’ve even heard them say things like, ‘Maybe we shouldn’t do a conference at night because that is the night that college kids like to party,'” Huff recalled.
“And I’m like, ‘That’s why we should do a conference that night, because people are going to party if we expect too little.’ Let them [decide] if they’re going to go with the world or if they’re going to go with God, because you’ve got to make that decision,” she added.
Huff went on to express optimism that unlike the 1990s and early 2000s, today’s younger Christians aren’t “lukewarm.” She said dedication to the Lord or the world is “pretty hot or cold.”
“It’s cool to 100% follow God, and it’s cool to 100% stay in the world. It’s really not cool to be in the middle anymore. And it used to be different,” Huff explained.
“The world is kind of polarizing; it’s either black or white… I think we do need to say to this generation, ‘choose,’ and let the people who are going to be on fire, be on fire. I think, in that way, we can reach more of the lost than being confused by who is actually lost,” she continued.
Huff also emphasized her generation’s desire to be mentored by older Christians. She encouraged her fellow peers to “invite” more mature Christians to disciple them and glean from their wisdom.
“Sometimes, our generation is fearful to ask for a mentor or fearful to ask to be discipled, but we crave it,” she confessed. “And so if you are in the older generation… if you came up to us and said, ‘Can I disciple you?’ I know my answer would be yes every time. And I know a lot of people who would agree with me who are my age.”
Huff also talked about how social media influences mental health, both positively and negatively. While she’s a “huge advocate” of social media, she understands the detrimental effects it has on a person’s psyche.
She said mental health issues are “so common” that it’s “almost weird if you don’t struggle with mental illness in some capacity.” While Huff has “seen God do incredible things through social media,” she understands there’s a “huge negative” side to it too.
“There have been many studies that have shown that the like button is directly impacting people’s mental health because what it’s saying is, ‘This is how liked you are. This is how approved you are,’” she commented
“It’s created this thing for us where we’re always performing; we’re always filtering, we’re always trying to be the best version of ourselves — and not in a good way. And that is mentally exhausting,” Huff said.