The Decline In Christianity And What We Can Do About It

A recent study by the Pew Foundation noted a widely commented on phenomena – that Christianity is declining in the United States.

None of the results of the survey surprise.

So for those who find in Christianity a life giving faith, humbly pointing outward in service, embedded with the ability to not only transform lives but society, what is there to do?

Some would answer – time for church to change. Agreed.  There is much to change.  Andy Stanley’s poignant line, “Most churches are answering questions people are not asking” summarizes neatly the bedrock claim to change. Churches tend to wed themselves to a certain liturgical approach well divorced from the needs of the congregation.  That approach in turn becomes the reason d’etre for the church’s existence as it seeks to define itself not by its interface with the world but by its form of worship.  So churches and the pastors that lead them bear a degree of responsibility to change.

Others would answer – time for parishioners to change.  Time for us to reclaim that Christianity is a religion of service and of sacrifice.  Sacrifice is a hard claim given our cultural penchant for consumerism and a desired “ease-of-use” Christianity where there is little behind the curtain.  Where little is asked and the easiest way to build a church appears to be the greased and easy way of the prosperity gospel.  So parishioners bear a degree of responsibility to change.

And what would I answer?  What do I believe we can do?

Lets live it.  Lets live this faith.

If anyone forces you to go one mile, go with them two miles. (Matt. 5:41)

 

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