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Bishop TD Jakes believes that contemporary parenting has led to younger people being disconnected from religion.

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I don’t think contemporary parents have raised their children in church like my generation was raised — it was just a forgone conclusion. It’s Sunday morning and you’re going to church.” he recently told the Associated Press.

The best-selling author and new talk-show host added: “We skipped a generation and so we lost a generation, and I think we have to be much more intentional about communicating our faith in ways that is relevant to a broader culture who receives everything over their phones.”

In the exclusive interview, Jakes also opened up about his new self-titled talk show, this year’s ‘vicious” presidential campaign and the country not being as divided as it seems.

On why the “TD Jakes Show” is about substance:

I don’t expect to do guttural shows. I am not that kind of person and don’t want to be characterized in that way, but we are going to uplifting shows. We will meet people where they are. I have been dealing with people who have had substance abuse. I have been dealing with human trafficking. I have been dealing with domestic violence. I have been dealing with family conflict. … This is going to be a potpourri … in terms of the diversity of shows each day.”

On not wanting to get involved in the presidential election:

I have never seen a campaign that was as visceral as this one. …. My concern is not with the politicians, it’s with the policies. I think that we are so engrossed with the politicians and their conversations that we are missing the policies and what I want to do on my show is highlight the policies. … I want to bring it back to Americans.”

On not believing that Americans in this country are that divided:

I think that we are finally talking about things that we all knew existed in our nuanced areas all the while. Now we are struggling to have a conversation and it is a rough conversation. But I am used to rough conversations because it is almost like a dysfunctional family who never talks about the elephant in the middle of the room. And when you start talking about it, emotions flare and tempers flare. But that’s not necessarily a bad thing because if we can keep going through that processes, and the end of it, hopefully we’ll have resolution and somebody will call us together. …. That there is common ground and that reason should prevail over watching our country fall apart.”

Gotta love his optimism about the future of this nation.

Read the interview in its entirety here.


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