by Gray Graham
A lot was made this week about a poll by the Pew Research that showed that the number of people in America that identify as Christian was in decline. This is especially true among Millennials who more and more consider themselves secular and identify with no particular religion.
Now if you are a regular reader of this website this should come as no shock to you. I have been saying as much for as long as I have been speaking to people. The only thing that has changed is that instead of trying to rewrite Christianity to fit their lives, more people have decided to just write-off Jesus.
We now live in a country where pretty much everyone is a god unto themselves. They are the ultimate authority of morality. That is if they even believe in the concept of morality anymore. For at least the last few generations the lines between good and evil have been blurred to the point they do not even exist anymore.
Thanks to the politicizing of religion by Republicans and Conservatives, a large group of people have started rejecting Christianity because of its conflicts with everyday American life and the Constitution. I have been told more than a few times that the Bible just doesn't work for a secular America.
And that is why this poll should not be a shock. People have long said they had major conflicts with the teachings of the Bible. In a country that supports abortion, capital punishment, gay marriage, and attacking the poor, it should come as no surprise that Americans aren't very Christ-like in behavior.
If we are truly going to be honest, America has never been a very Christ-like nation. Its history is one of slavery, genocide, greed, and sins that Jesus spoke against throughout his time on Earth. Our country has committed a lot of injustice in the name of God and country.
I often tell people that more than likely you have met very few people that are an actual Christian. You definitely know plenty of people that attend church every Sunday and say they are a Christian but you probably don't know that many that you know they are serving God without even asking.
I have talked about stories of people pole dancing at church, holding concerts, holding fashion shows, hosting Super Bowl parties, and programs to raise money to buy the pastor a private jet. I am pretty sure none of these things are covered in the Bible as activities you should have in the temple, but I am sure my copy of the Bible is wrong.
I see a lot of church folks talking about what we need to do to get people into the church and to this I say nothing. The only thing we should be concerned with is doing the work of God. Whether people go to church is irrelevant especially if their souls are lost. Simply going to church and saying you are a Christian is not going to help you on Judgment Day if your soul is not of God.