Teleios Research Evaluates Praise in Young Christians
Teleios Research recently surveyed adolescents and millennials regarding praise. The survey was promoted on the Christian Instagram accounts, InstaPray and GodsHolyScriptures. Of the 332 participants the majority were: female (78%), <35 years old (73%), from the United States (52%), and evangelical (71%).
Three-quarters (74%) of participants said they praise God every day. Most commonly they praise God because it is due Him (79%), but also that it made them feel good to praise Him (79%). Accordingly, those who praised God every day reported better wellbeing than those who praised less (P<0.001).
Participants indicated they praised God by expressing their gratitude to Him for their blessings (85%), singing hymns (78%), and in recognizing His holy character and actions (65%).
In contrast, they noted the Bible says we praise by expressing thanksgiving (84%), living a godly lifestyle (81%), and expressing to God His righteous character and actions (79%) as well as to other people (78%).
Participants noted that praise helped themselves by reminding them that God has greater purposes and desires than their own (91%), giving them joy (85%), and causing them to be more humble (79%).
However, young believers were less confident about praising other people for performing righteous acts (45%), or any act that was not bad, for which they had done a good job (44%).
Participants indicated that praise is directed to God the father (97%), Jesus (89%), and the Holy Spirit (79%), although the Bible only directs praise to God the Father.
This survey shows that young Christian believers generally have a solid concept of praise; being thankful and recognizing God’s righteous character and actions. However, young believers seem less likely to commend fellow believers on their service to God.
WC Stewart, JA Stewart, LA Nelson
About Teleios – Teleios is a non-profit foundation that seeks to demonstrate the truth of scripture and the Christian faith through scientific methods by providing evidence for the positive results of a biblically-based lifestyle. Prior studies conducted by Teleios have shown that the practice of the Christian faith (praise, prayer, fellowship, service and Bible study) and security of salvation increases well-being while reducing guilt.