Hambo Says the Millennial Generation Is Doomed

Our morning and afternoon news sweeps produced nothing and the creationist websites we monitor are dull, so this is what we’re going to talk about. It’s from Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo). As you know, he’s the ayatollah of Appalachia, the world’s holiest man who knows more about religion and science than everyone else. Hambo’s post at the website of Answers in Genesis (AIG), his creationist ministry, is titled 43% of Millennials “Don’t Know, Care, or Believe God Exists”. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:

A massive generational change has occurred in America, and we’re feeling the effects of this upheaval. I’ve been warning that this is coming for decades, and it’s certainly here (and with no sign it’s slowing down!). What do I mean? Well, consider the results of the American Worldview Inventory 2021, a survey conducted by the Cultural Research Center at Arizona Christian University — it perfectly highlights this sad generational shift.

Hambo describes the results of the survey:

According to this new survey, a shocking 43% of American Millennials (identified in this survey as those born between 1984–2002) “don’t know, care, or believe God exists.” [Gasp!] Less than half (48%) hold to the “Golden Rule” of “treat others as you want them to treat you,” while nearly 4 in 10 (38%) give the green light to revenge, saying “you try to get even with people who have wronged you.” Many Millennials believe “an abortion performed to reduce personal economic or emotional discomfort” and “premarital sex with someone expected to be their future spouse” are “morally acceptable.” All of these beliefs are in sharp contrast to those held by previous generations.

The only important issue is whether they’re going to be customers for the Creation Museum and the Ark Encounter. All the rest of it shouldn’t really matter to Hambo. Anyway, he says:

So, what is the dominant worldview of the younger generations? Dr. George Barna, the respected researcher behind this new survey, says the dominant worldview of our day is syncretism (i.e., a blend of a variety of religions and beliefs), leaning heavily on the worldview of Moral Therapeutic Deism. What is MTD? Well, it can be summarized with these key beliefs:

• God remains distant from people’s lives.

• People are supposed to be good to each other (i.e., moral).

• The universal purpose of life is being happy and feeling good about oneself.

• There are no absolute moral truths.

• God allows “good people” into heaven.

• God places very limited demands on people.

That doesn’t sound like ol’ Hambo’s view of things. Oh wait, there’s more. He tells us:

That certainly sounds like what the majority of people in the US believe today (particularly the younger generations). As the study mentioned above found, Millennials are “far more likely” than other generations to:

• Define success in life as happiness, personal freedom, or productivity without oppression

• Consider an abortion performed to reduce personal economic or emotional discomfort to be morally acceptable

• Consider premarital sex with someone expected to be their future spouse to be morally acceptable

• Deem reincarnation a real possibility

• Be liberal regarding fiscal and social policies

• Champion liberal theology

• Be among the “Don’ts” — people who either do not know if God exists, do not believe that He exists, or do not care if He exists

That’s a lot of un-Hambo beliefs. Let’s see what he thinks of it.

It’s all about being “happy” and feeling good — there’s no room for sin, God’s wrath, biblical justice, absolutes, personal responsibility, self-sacrifice, tolerance for others (love for enemies), or uncompromising biblical truth in a worldview that’s all about me, what I think, and what makes me feel good in the here and now.

This is intolerable! Hambo continues:

In other words, as I’ve said many times before, these younger generations aren’t irreligious or neutral about worldviews. They have a religion — it’s a religion of their own making as they act as their own gods. It’s man’s word as the authority. It’s secularism, where man is the authority and decides truth. Such a worldview may borrow morality, or other truths like the existence of God, from the Bible, but it is distinctly un-Christian. It’s based on the sand of man’s opinion, grabbing elements from a variety of different “religious traditions,” not on the unchanging rock of God’s Word.

Hambo then tells us why all of the foregoing is a serious problem:

This worldview is radically changing the West because ideas have consequences. And ideas based in sinful, fallible man’s opinions will have deadly consequences. [Gasp!] History bears that out and modern generations won’t be an exception.

Jeepers, he’s right! And the worst part of it is that none of those millennials will be buying tickets for visiting Hambo’s ark. What can be done? It won’t surprise you to learn that the last third of ol’ Hambo’s post consists of his advice. No, he doesn’t recommend holy war, nor does he even mention teaching creationism in public schools. His advice is just a bunch of holy moly stuff. If you’re interested, click over there and read it all. But the bottom line — the take-away message — is that Hambo is losing and he knows it. Interesting, isn’t it?

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13 responses to “Hambo Says the Millennial Generation Is Doomed

  1. If you want to make him mad just say “okay boomer” every time he says something about millennials.

  2. chris schilling

    When Moses got mad,
    (This may be just rumour)
    The Israelites all said:
    “Okay, boomer.”

  3. Theodore J Lawry

    Ham thinks it is a new idea that “premarital sex with someone expected to be their future spouse” is “morally acceptable.” I think there has been lots of premarital sex between people who had no intention of marrying, and that’s been going on for a long time. Nothing shows how “out of it” Ham than when he tries to be “with it.”

  4. muttpupdad

    there has been lots of premarital sex between people who had no intention of marrying, wasn’t there someone called Mary I heard about long ago.

  5. Dave Luckett

    No, he isn’t losing, any more than he ever was. Ham knows, in one part of his fevered brain, that he and his like-minded flock were never more than a tiny minority. Matthew 7:14. He actually doesn’t mind that. It’s perfectly OK with him that he serves a wrathful god who’s going to fry most human beings in Hellfire for eternity.

    All he’s doing here is to wave the flames of Hell in front of his followers. Part of it is, they’re special, and part of it is, everybody else is gonna burn. So you better prove you’re worthy, brothers and sisters. Pony up, now.

    He knows, in another part of said fevered brain, that he doesn’t need to do any more. The marks he pitches to are enough. Look at his enterprises. They’re not there to persuade anyone. Nobody goes to Hamboland to learn anything. They go to have their prejudices reinforced. They don’t just park their critical faculties at the door – they had them surgically removed, most likely in childhood.

    Everything Ham does, everything he says or writes, is aimed at that demographic, and nobody else. He’s not trying to reach the Millennials. He knows perfectly well that he can’t. But that doesn’t matter. He can reach the folks who matter – to him – this way, and that’s all he needs to do.

  6. Charles Deetz ;)

    Maybe a generation sees the lavish money spent on a boat that doesn’t go in the water to prop up a obviously out of date story, and they don’t want anything to do with it.

  7. @Charles Deets 😉
    There is something symbolic about an Ark which cannot float.

  8. Dave Luckett is absolutely right on this: Hambo isn’t ‘losing’. Rather, he is yet again deploying the favourite staple of con men and flim-flam artists: “We got trouble right here in River City!

    There’s nothing like a moral panic to boost donations!

  9. I love their drowning pond they have out in front of their (non-seaworthy) ark. Nice touch Hambo.

  10. Notice this among the views denounced:
    • Be liberal regarding fiscal and social policies

  11. Charley Horse X

    Ham’s Golden Rule….”Do unto YECs as you would have YECs do unto you. All others deserve your wrath. Show no mercy.
    He built two monuments to elective ignorance and he should be expected to promote it. He migrated from Australia where there was much less opportunity to gain wealth and notoriety to this country where one of the major political parties support him and his ilk.

  12. @Charley Horse X
    He who has the gold, makes the rules.
    (The quoteinvestingator.com ascribed this to the comic strip The Wizard of I’d.)

  13. Dave Luckett. You hit the nail on the head. Hambo knows he only needs a small but dedicated flock of like minded Luddites to fund his business model.
    His religious extremism and rhetoric is a nod to that reality.