Horror! Outrage! Whine-Time!
Of course, “true Christians” are quick to point out that. . .well, that THEY are the true Christians and all those others who SAY they are believers are not REALLY believers. Same old, same old.
Here’s one takeaway from the Pew survey and the article. . .
IF over 70%–SEVENTY PERCENT–of Americans identify as Christian, this may answer some questions like:
Why does America have such a high rate of INCARCERATION, still have the DEATH PENALTY, have more NUKES and GUNS than anywhere else, seems to love a GOOD WAR every few years, wants to close the golden doors of our borders to “ILLEGALS,” has huge numbers of HOMELESS people in every city, treats the ENVIRONMENT like a massive toilet, still has a huge problem with RACISM, SEXISM and HOMOPHOBIA and fights so hard to stop UNIVERSAL HEALTH CARE?
I wonder if we could see any connection here?
At least we could ask: Where are those “true Christians”?
I find THIS fascinating bit from the PEW research:
Over all, the religiously unaffiliated number 56 million and represent 23 percent of adults, up from 36 million and 16 percent in 2007, Pew estimates. Nearly half of the growth was from atheists and agnostics, whose tallies nearly doubled to 7 percent of adults. The remainder of the unaffiliated, those who describe themselves as having “no particular religion,” were less likely to say that religion was an important part of their lives than eight years ago.
The ranks of the unaffiliated have been bolstered by former Christians. Nearly a quarter of people who were raised as Christian have left the group, and ex-Christians now represent 19 percent of adults.
So, though WE ARE OUTNUMBERED, maybe those of us who have LEFT FAITH, are being challenged to TAKE MORE LEADERSHIP to CHANGE things, since it’s clear the MAJORITY is FAILING.
HEY, here’s one possible GENIUS IDEA: We wait for the CHURCHES to EMPTY and then WE march in and take over the buildings to ACTUALLY DO something to make our communities better, safer and more SANE!