Christianity on Decline?
Did you know that a recent poll stated that Christianity is on the decline? If you missed it, here’s a snippet from the Washington Post:
“Christianity is on the decline in America, not just among younger generations or in certain regions of the country but across race, gender, education, and geographic barriers.”
So, what does this mean? Well, if you read the inflammatory news blogs or watch the more colorful pundits, you’ll hear something like, “There is a war on Christianity.” Or “This is the end times.” Or perhaps even, “Rap music is to blame.”
I cannot say whether or not these are the end times (only God knows that) or that rap music is the downfall of Christianity (although some of that stuff is pretty awful) or that there is an all-out war waged against Christianity. I will, however, go as far as to say that there is a perilous war waged within each one of us, and for some, this internal war is being won.
Many once-Christians are throwing away the spiritual and embracing the more comfortable, more tantalizingly secular. I believe that being a “None,” as the poll is calling them, is much easier than confessing a belief in Christ and trying to live like Him. That, my friends, is a hard, albeit worthwhile, feat. Instead, these people become “None.” Now my question to you is, “Do you want to be called a “None?”
None defined means: “No one; not one; nobody.” Wow. That’s a horrible, hollow term with which to identify yourself. But it’s apt. Because without God and a purpose-driven existence, “none, nobody, no one” is kind of what you become.
I know that’s harsh, but the Pew Research Poll got it right. When you stop identifying and fellowshipping with God, you become drained of joy. If all you have is what this world has to offer—its constant noise, hurt, and disappointment—you’re missing the transcending peace and joy of God.
So, ask yourself this, “What war is waging within me?” If you see your purpose, your God-driven worth chipping away, I encourage you to get down on your knees and ask for help. There is nothing worse than becoming a “None,” and God can help you avoid that terrible fate.
ALL THE NATIONS WHO KNEW YOU ARE APPALLED AT YOU; YOU HAVE COME TO A HORRIBLE END AND WILL BE NO MORE.