Music is major influence for "mosaic" generation
On a recent edition of the radio program "For Faith and Family", pollster George Barna discussed the significant cultural influence music exerts on the Mosaic generation (those born between 1984 and 2002): "Music is really interesting because essentially that is the language of our culture. If you need an example of how that works just think about churches. Even in churches this is true. What is the biggest war we have in churches? It doesnít tend to be theological. It tends to be over what style of music youíre going to use in the worship service. Weíve had all kinds of fights, but music is the way that we suggest to somebody, Hey, I understand where youíre coming from. I speak your language. This is the feel; this is the sound that constitutes who you are and what youíre about."
"One of the ways I would describe it is every generation has to have itís own private language that people over 30 canít penetrate. And thatís really what todayís music is doing for young people. They have icons within the culture that we donít understand - many of whom we donít appreciate - but theyíre important to the Mosaics because it helps them to develop a life philosophy. Many of those individuals become role models for them. It helps them to identify some of their values and lifestyles. And, it also helps develop a sense of community among themselves. So itís hugely important."
PreachingNow Newsletter, August 6, 2002
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