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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

More evidence that the U.S. is going down the drain?

The Pew Research Center has published the results of its survey of American religious views. The title and subtitle of the piece says it all: America's Changing Religious Landscape - Christian's Decline Sharply as Share of Population; Unaffiliated and Other Faiths Continue to Grow. You can see the full report here: http://www.pewforum.org/2015/05/12/americas-changing-religious-landscape/ The results of the survey show that the number of folks who identify themselves as Christians has declined by 7.8% during the period between 2007 and 2014. During the same period, the numbers of those who identify themselves as belonging to Non-Christian faiths have grown by a modest 1.2%. Most striking, however, is the whopping increase in the numbers (6.7%) of those who identify themselves as Unaffiliated.

Unfortunately, I can almost guarantee my readers that a majority of the leadership of the Christian community will point to this study as proof that Satan is hard at work - as evidence that the United States is going down the drain. It will never occur to most of them that these results might reflect on what they are teaching and doing as Christians. Most of them will never think to take a good hard look at themselves or their beliefs. I can hear them now: "We're on God's side. The problem couldn't possibly be related to anything we're doing or saying! Satan is attacking the Christian Church." Sad - so sad. I think there are too many Christians who are doing Satan's work for him.

More and more people are tired of arguments and ideas that don't make any sense. More and more folks are tired of prejudice, hatred and intolerance. They see these traits as being especially hypocritical among those who profess to follow Jesus Christ. They are tired of the blatant ignorance and disregard of history and science displayed by many Christians. And, most interesting of all, it appears that young people have the least tolerance for what they consider to be very unattractive relics of a less enlightened past. Too bad there aren't more Christians who are listening to these voices.

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