Authenticity without truth and humility means nothing. Millennials, especially Christian millennials, are looking for authentic leaders who will make a difference in the world. On a quest for truth, they want actions, not words.
"Don't count millennials out. Millennials are the hero generation. They are just biding their time and looking for someone that will stand up and say, let's go this way," Glenn said.
No one understands this important block of voters more than Audrea Taylor. Formerly with TheBlaze, Audrea launched Because I Care to reach millennials across the U.S. The program has reached students on 40 college campuses, informing them about the importance of voting.
"We want to make a difference. And so we have to connect that to voting and help millennials understand that part of your civic responsibility and part of you making a difference, part of the way that you love and serve and care for your neighbor is in the voting booth and the way that you elect your leaders and who you elect to represent you and delegate that authority to," Taylor said.
Audrea joined Glenn on his radio program Tuesday to talk about the success of Because I Care and what millennials really want.
Read below or watch the clip for answers to these questions:
• Do millennials affiliate with a political party?
• What is the number one goal of millennials?
• What do millennials have in common with the generations that came up during the Great Depression and fought in World War II?
Below is a rush transcript of this segment, it might contain errors:
GLENN: A good friend of the program. And somebody who used to work for me and is now on their own doing a campaign, Because I care. And it's BecauseICare.us. Right?
AUDREA: Correct. Yeah.
GLENN: And you have felt compelled for a long time to work with millennials. At 17 years old, you were out doing all kinds of things. And I think you're a rising superstar.
Tell me -- tell me where millennials are right now.
AUDREA: They're just apathetic to the political process. They don't like the candidates. They don't like the parties, even. And so I think the concern is that a lot of them are going to stay home. They're -- a lot of polling and studies are showing that millennials are less engaged than they were in 2012.
GLENN: Which is the opposite of what the Democrats thought would happen, because of Barack Obama. They thought they would develop this army of millennials who would come and march into battle with them, one after the other.
AUDREA: Not the case. Not the case. So what they're discovering is that millennials are really fair game right now for anyone because they're -- they're seeing through the hypocrisy in both parties, and they're realizing, "Hey, I don't think I'm into this." So what we're talking about, you might not like the candidate or the party, but we vote because we care about too many other things, in our community, in our nation, locally. Our friends that are still looking for a job. There's too many issues close to our heart that we care about. And so we're talking to millennials on over 40 college campuses nationwide, and we're saying, "Let's vote because we care about too many other things."
GLENN: So who does a millennial vote for? As I watched the campaign -- I try to watch it as a millennial. I try to watch it from four different perspectives. And one of them is millennials. And as I watched them, I realized this last election -- or, this last debate, that we all thought authenticity was the key word. But it's not authenticity. Because I believe that, in a way, Hillary Clinton is authentically who she is. She's nobody. She's -- she's hollow.
GLENN: And she is fake. I think that's who she really is. I bet you if you meet her in real life, much of what you see is who she is.
GLENN: Donald Trump is authentically like that. I don't think there's a game or a face --
AUDREA: He's himself. Yeah.
GLENN: He's himself.
AUDREA: Yeah. Yeah.
I think the word is transparent, that you would say, "This is who I am, flaws and all."
GLENN: Hillary won't say flaws. Donald won't say flaws.
AUDREA: Arrogance there.
GLENN: And so we need truth. Authenticity without truth is nothing. Without humility, is nothing. And as I'm watching these two, I think to myself. They look to me like 1956.
GLENN: Millennials would have nothing to relate to with these two. Nothing.
AUDREA: Well, you said it. It's truth. Millennials are on a quest for truth. They're trying to discover what truth is. And so what we talk about a lot is that millennials to have discover that for themselves. We've had a lack of education for us to even delve in and begin having those conversations. But then we're also encouraging millennials, it's not just about these two candidates, although it represents the problems in the political system.
AUDREA: There's so many other races statewide and congressionally and locally, that millennials can have a huge impact on. We're the largest voting bloc right now in history. And so when we look at us sitting back and not, you know, participating, largest generation in US history. And so millennials can have a massive impact, if we decide to do something with that power.
GLENN: What is the response on campus?
AUDREA: The response on campus has been good because they are -- they're encouraged that someone is not telling them who to vote for and that we're not telling them the answers and a party. So the only voice that's been on campus is either a Republican group or a Democratic group. And millennials are saying, "I'm not either one of those."
And when we talk to them and say, "Look, we realize that we're not going to tell you who to vote for, you vote according to your conscience, but we're encouraging you to educate yourself and to care about these things. And we realize that you don't like politics, I don't like politics, but we vote because too many other things are important."
GLENN: So help me out on the churches. I think the church has really done more damage to itself than Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker did. Jimmy Swaggart did. And because that one is about an individual. This is about the institution. Millennials -- and correct me if I'm wrong -- I hope I'm wrong. Millennials -- at least the ones that I know -- you are a good example of it -- are, don't tell me about it. I'm so sick of hearing about it. Show me.
AUDREA: Yeah. Solutions.
GLENN: Show me -- not just a solution. Show me what you are doing. I'll follow you if you are doing it and it's making a difference.
But what's happened is, in my point of view, millennials have been going to church. They've been listening to this. And then they see, when the chips are down, you jettison all that and make an excuse and say, "Well, but it's different this time." That's putting your faith in action, but in the wrong direction. Which, if I'm a millennial, I'm sitting at church -- which, I don't want to go to on Sunday, and I go, "These people don't mean it anyway. Why am I going there?"
AUDREA: That's exactly right. And it's because we're not consistent in our Biblical worldview. So churches are picking a candidate that they like, for whatever reason --
GLENN: Or, picking because they don't like the other one.
AUDREA: Exactly. But they're not consistent in explaining their Biblical worldview. Because it's not consistent. And they know it's not.
And this is happening, not just nationally, but also locally. We've seen this happen to churches locally too.
So they need to talk about a Biblical worldview, all four years, right? Not just every four years, every two years. And talk about those Biblical principles and how they apply to the tough issues of our day. When they do that, consistently, authentically, truthfully, you're right, millennials do understand it, and they want to be a part of it. But the church hasn't done that. And they've been hypocritical in the way they've approached elections for a long time.
GLENN: And that is the thing that we don't -- we don't understand. This generation is different than the proceeding four generations.
AUDREA: Way different. Uh-huh.
GLENN: This is -- your generation is the hero generation. That's the actual title. It is the generation that is exactly like the generation that came up in the Great Depression and fought World War II.
And so you're all about action. You're all about togetherness. It's why you can be swayed by a socialist message.
GLENN: Because you want to do good.
AUDREA: It's our number one goal in life.
GLENN: Right. You want to do good. You look at the world as a collective.
GLENN: And if somebody is saying those things to you, it immediately connects.
GLENN: But if nobody is on the other side saying, "Yes, we can make a difference. We can make things good, and we can make things better together, but we have to remember the individual, that you count."
GLENN: It goes awry.
Millennials volunteer more than any other generation before us in the history. We give to more charities than any other generation in history. And we're young right now.
So why is that? You're right. It's because we are the hero generation. We want to make a difference. And so we have to connect that to voting and help millennials understand that part of your civic responsibility and part of you making a difference, part of the way that you love and serve and care for your neighbor is -- is in the voting booth and the way that you elect your leaders and who you elect to represent you and delegate that authority to.
So it's absolutely right. We are the hero generation. That's what we want to be.
GLENN: What is the number one -- if you listen to the parties, the number one thing that millennials want is free education. Is that true?
AUDREA: No. I think it's a lack of education and really understanding -- millennials want everyone to have opportunity. And they don't understand that the best thing to create opportunity is a free market system. And it's not free handouts. It's a system that is so prosperous that it allows for people to, you know, work their way through college and to do it themselves. But I think for a long time, we haven't talked to millennials. We've talked about them. But we haven't really spoken to them. And there's other people that have, and they've done it really well.
PAT: Yeah, their teachers have talked to them.
PAT: Their teachers have taught them that socialism is superior to capitalism.
AUDREA: In Christian colleges. In Christian universities.
GLENN: Oh, I know.
PAT: Yes. Yes.
GLENN: I've talked to people at Liberty, and I've talked to people at BYU.
PAT: How do we overcome that? How do we overcome it?
GLENN: I don't know. I've talked to BYU and Liberty University. And they both have said that, you know, there's -- it's tough to find a Biblical worldview person that believes in the American system of free markets.
PAT: Yeah, they're having a tough time.
GLENN: And get them to teach. It's almost impossible.
AUDREA: And there's two reasons. The first is that they use secular textbooks that are written with communist and socialist messages. Unbelievable.
AUDREA: And then they hire professors that have a really great credential but have never been trained in a Biblical worldview. And they put them in the classroom, and they think that if they pray before class, it might magically translate into a Biblical worldview. And we know that it doesn't. You know, we see it. We see it played out right now.
GLENN: What an interesting thing to say, that if we put them in there and we just have them pray at the beginning, it will magically transform them.
AUDREA: Maybe quote a Bible verse at the start too, you know.
GLENN: Yeah, that will transform them.
So are you registering people?
AUDREA: Yeah, so what we're doing is we're working on 40 Christian college campuses across the country. And we're realizing -- we all know this: Twenty-five million Christians were registered in the last election, but they didn't vote. And I'm not even talking presidential. There are so many other important races.
So we've created a really great system that helps millennials get to the polls. We tell them where their polling place is. We help them register. Twenty-five states, you can still register.
But a lot of these students have requested absentee ballots. So this is a great tool, not only for college students, but also for Christians to share and make sure that people get to the polls.
This is too important of an election for us to allow two candidates at the top of the ballot to define the rest of our decisions.
PAT: Before we've educated them, do we want them to vote? I mean, I have (laughter) about that frankly because, you know, like you said, they -- they tend towards socialism right now. Because that's what they've been taught their whole lives in school. So they --
GLENN: I just have to echo -- I just have to echo Thomas Jefferson on trusting the people. They'll get it wrong, but eventually they'll get it right. We have to trust the people.
STU: That's a different standard though than what I think many people do, which is, you know, rock the vote, or whatever. It's like, rock the vote after you've thought about it for 15 seconds.
STU: If you thought about the issues for ten minutes in the past four years, then rock the vote. If you haven't done that, don't rock the vote. It's -- there's no shame --
GLENN: Yeah, but what she's saying is that that's what their group does, is not rock the vote.
STU: Exactly. It's exactly what we need. We need people -- because, I mean, we always -- we sit here and blindly encourage people to vote. It's actually a terrible instinct.
PAT: It is.
STU: You should not be voting if you don't know about the issues or candidates.
AUDREA: Yes. And exactly what you said. Rock the Vote does, you know, 100 campuses, right? But they don't educate. And so we've started with a smaller number. We're on 40. We're sponsoring educational events on these campuses. And then we're feeding them a lot of messages that go in line with, what are these principles? Why are the reasons that we should vote? And really covering those. Because, yeah, we want to get out the vote.
GLENN: How can we help you get the word out?
AUDREA: Have people go to BecauseICare.us and just check out what we're doing. Share it with your kids, with your college students that are on a campus right now, or even with Christians maybe within the church that might think about voting but don't get out and actually do it because it's on top important for people's communities, for your local government, to sit this one out.
GLENN: BecauseICare.us. Remember that. BecauseICare.us.
I'm on my way to TCU this week.
GLENN: To spend an evening with the students out there, to hear where they're out at. What should I expect? I'm actually kind of -- I'm a little nervous.
AUDREA: I think they're going to be really eager to have a conversation with you. Millennials are eager to learn and learn from people that they --
GLENN: I don't want to teach. I want to learn from them. I really want to learn -- and because I believe -- and I hope I'm not disappointed. I believe millennials are more like you.
AUDREA: They are. They absolutely are. They absolutely are.
AUDREA: No, but I think you're going to have a good conversation with them, is what I'm saying. You're going to learn from them. They're going to learn from you. I think you'll discover that they're not as pre-decided in their thought process as people think that our generation is. They're really not. They're searching for truth.
GLENN: That's great. Thank you so much.
AUDREA: Thanks for having me.
GLENN: God bless.
Featured Image: Audrea Taylor featured Tuesday, October 18, 2016 on The Glenn Beck Program.