by mrs lily
A recent survey found that a lower percentage of Americans consider themselves Christians compared to 20 years ago. Also, the data show that Christianity is not losing out to other religions, but primarily to a rejection of religion altogether. (CNN article
For the last several years, I have been hearing these statistics from various ministries and organizations, and I must say, I see it as somewhat of a misguided concern. Often these polls are taken from a biased view, asking specific questions for specific results, or the questions are mistaken by those taking the polls and answered according to how they interpret it.
I myself am one who would not call myself religious or part of any sort of denomination, nor do I consider myself protestant or Catholic, so I would fall into those statistics that many in the church are concerned about, but statistics don't give the full picture.
Walking away from religion is not necessarily the same as walking away from God, and in many ways I find these sort of polls an encouragement because it seems like the wheat is being sifted from the chaff, so to speak. The church in America has been stagnant for too long. To me, I see people who are serious about following Jesus rising up and breaking away from the religions of man, and the rest dying off and to me, that is beautiful.
I think we need to watch ourselves from being so concerned that our nation as a whole is still considered a "Christian" nation and get our focus back on loving the people around us and advancing the Kingdom of Heaven.