Ponder A Little (Blog)
|Posted on May 4, 2019 at 2:00 PM|
According to statistics church attendance in North America is declining and many churches are closing their doors as a result. So, what’s happening? Why is church not relating to people today and as a result taking a downward dive?
Most teens and young adults today, see no need for church or religion. In fact, many believe that religion is causing the decline of society as a whole. Events such as 9-11 and the many suicide bombings since, all in the name of “religion”, have left a bad taste in the mouths of many. To them, it seems that religion has only been a source of evil, not good and is detrimental to our survival.
Unchurched people do not see church as helpful or having a positive impact on our communities. Many of today’s Millennials truly care about “caring”, so if a church is not seen to be actively doing so, they simply have no interest. Sadly, an image of arrogance and hypocrisy is often envisioned, of so-called “Christians”.
Plus, Christians oppose what many view as a right to personal choice in sexuality, abortion and more. Biblical standards do not match today’s common definition of freedom and personal rights. So, any religion that does not sanction these rights is not easily accepted or wanted.
Of course, there are those who also reject Christianity on the basis of science or lack of evidence to support its validity. Yet there are many Christian scientists and historians who believe that those who hold to these arguments have simply not done enough personal research. Otherwise, they would have discovered that science and Christianity can coexist and that many events recorded in the Bible are in fact, historically proven.
Others believe that religion and Christianity are irrelevant and illogical. For those who submerse themselves in an existence of narcissism and existentialism, there is no need or room for a God of love which is the essence of Christianity and evidenced in the death and resurrection of Jesus. This is the sad conclusion of those choosing to live in a self-absorbed society.
So, what is the solution? How do we persuade people to not give up on church and Christianity? Certainly, we need to be aware of the statistics and the many reasons that influence them. We are challenged to know how to defend our faith (1 Peter 3:15b – 16a). But it must always be done with love and kindness.
As we seek to grow our churches these beliefs that threaten our growth need to be clearly understood if we want to succeed. We should never allow the church to be viewed as irrelevant, outdated or unfounded.
But be encouraged. Despite the gloomy statistics, Christianity is currently the number one religion in the world with over 2 billion people professing faith in Christ. While western society is departing from their Christian roots, other countries are embracing the Christ of Christianity.