In the News: Rejection of Religion

March 9, 2009

Here’s an article from CNN’s website today about a survey that finds America is “becoming less Christian.” (The survey, administered in both English and Spanish, polled 54,461 Americans between February and November 2008; you can find it here.)

Notable points:

  • “born-again” or “Evangelical Christianity” is on the rise while “mainline denominations” (i.e., Lutheran, Methodist, etc.) are on the decline
  • the political implications of “Evangelical Christianity” drive many to reject religion altogether
  • it is socially acceptable to claim to have no religious affiliation / no religion

My brain is tickled with questions …

  • if we – all believers – are indeed one body in Christ, how can we pray for and support our other body parts in the “mainline” denominations in America?
  • Jesus was rejected by many, and we too are expected to be rejected by many for living and preaching a Christ-centered life, but how do we still love the lost and reach out to them as Jesus did and as God ever commands us to?
  • what responsibility, if any, do we have in making strong efforts to separate “Evangelical Christianity” from a political party?
  • how do we address a culture that says it’s alright to have no faith (in anything, even)?
  • with all the focus on unreached peoples NOT in the United States, have we lost a Christ-fueled passion and heart that we should have for the souls of our own countrymen?
  • I have often mused that if the leadership, military & political / economic / academic elite of nations like China and North Korea came to know Jesus, a serious spiritual revolution could occur and the world could be changed unto Christ.  Why don’t I – or we – include the United States in that dream?

I can’t stop hearing the echo of Apostle Paul’s words, applicable in so many contexts, including this one at hand: “… we appeal to you not to receive the grace of God in vain.  For he says, ‘In a favorable time I listened to you, and in a day of salvation I have helped you.’  Behold, NOW is the favorable time; behold, NOW is the day of salvation.” (II Corinthians 6.1-2, ESV, emphasis mine)

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