The DECLINE IN CHRISTIANITY, an interesting and sad read. I had this planned for yesterday but why bring us down on Sunday? From the article:
“More than eight-in-ten members of the Silent Generation (those born between 1928 and 1945) describe themselves as Christians (84%), as do three-quarters of Baby Boomers (76%). In stark contrast, only half of Millennials (49%) describe themselves as Christians; four-in-ten are religious “nones,” and one-in-ten Millennials identify with non-Christian faiths.
Only about one-in-three Millennials say they attend religious services at least once or twice a month. Roughly two-thirds of Millennials (64%) attend worship services a few times a year or less often, including about four-in-ten who say they seldom or never go. Indeed, there are as many Millennials who say they “never” attend religious services (22%) as there are who say they go at least once a week (22%).”
I’m surprised that the numbers are that high today, frankly, although I see church attendance fairly robust even among twenty-somethings even in very secular Santa Monica lately. Still 84% to 49% sure is a drop.
I guess you all see a correlation between kindness, goodness, respect and dignity (to name only a few) while people were professing faith and what’s going on with kindness, goodness, respect and dignity today. Is much left? Sure, more than most of us think. But as much as it was? Children being raised without fathers, drug addiction numbers increasing horribly, teen suicides up, veterans’ suicides up, divorce considered normal, very high rates of depression and homelessness….we could all go on and on. Was that all happening even 75 years ago? Sure.
WAS IT AS AWFUL AS IT IS NOW WITH THIS DECLINE IN FAITH?
OF COURSE NOT. NO WAY.
SO, what can we do?
Faith feels SO much better than NO FAITH (oh, brother, does it), but NO FAITH sure does pave the way for what our kids think is fun and even normal. Until their friends are vaped into a coffin because they didn’t know it’s not drugs which fill the void.
HAPPY MONDAY, PRAY FOR AMERICAN FAITH!