Tuesday, October 9, 2012
Christianity is Losing Ground . . . .
Yesterday, the results of a new Pew survey says that Protestants in the US are in decline. If you read deep - you find that it's partly because a lot of 'Christians' now belong to non-denominational type organizations which apparently aren't officially 'protestant'. The devil (himself) is in the details.
So the trending line for Protestants is going down, and the trending line for 'unaffiliated' and 'other faiths' is going up in the US. Net, net? Who knows . . . . . it could be that going to a Bible Church, or Community Church means you're 'unaffilliated'. Or it could mean that Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Satanism and Atheists are on the rise, or a combination of both.
More disturbing to me is this chart showing Republicans and Democrats. If you don't see the glaring conflict here between being a democrat and being 'religious', well, then, you see the point . . . .
But - this Pew research has 3 more things that are really disturbing (as disturbing as the democrat thing). 1) one-third of young adults under 30, now have no religious affiliation and that their ties to organized religion are permanently broken. 2) people identifying with non-Christian faiths is up to 6% from 4% in 2007 (5 yrs). (doesn't sound like much, but those 2 pts means a 50% increase - an incredible stat, if I did the math right). 3) two-thirds, 2/3, of American adults think that churches should stay out of politics and not back one candidate or the other.
Christianity is losing - big time.
No real Christian wants to hear that (most don't believe it). If you went to my church, a mega church, you wouldn't believe it, because it grows and the excitement is there all the time. But the really BIG picture is different - the national and global picture. Muslims on the other hand, have it going on. They are growing fast and furious and are united globally. Dig deeper into the Pew research (and others), and as a Christian, it will rock you, it will make you quiver and shake if you have any conscious at all. Maybe it's just me, but I sense that overall, the Christian community (the leadership) is absolutely silent on all of this. They have stuck their heads in the sand - what else can you do - right? (fyi, usually my head is deep in the sand). But Christianity has now become so watered down that it's irrelevant. Young adults just don't care - and they are the future of America.
And if you want to get in really hot water with your Christian friends, just bring up the subject sometime . . . generally, my experience is that you will lose and you are outnumbered - by denial.
What do we do? Stand your ground for Christ. Don't water down Christianity when you talk to others. The Bible is about Christ - from beginning to end - Genesis to Revelation. Christ is a real 'stumbling block' - He doesn't compromise, He isn't a patsy for other religions, He cuts to the chase, He is hated by the world.
John 15: Christ said "If you find the godless world is hating you, remember it got its start hating me. If you lived on the world's terms, the world would love you as one of its own. But since I picked you to live on God's terms and no longer on the world's terms, the world is going to hate you."
And pray hard for the Rapture, the Second Coming of Christ - soon!