In the End, Christianity Wins

Religion — By on March 24, 2009 at 1:41 pm

A few weeks ago, Chris Munekawa encouraged Christians to be innovators, not imitators. His essay prompted a comment from one of our regulars – the gist of the comment was that Christians ought to be concerned with their own demise since, increasingly, people seem to be leaving the church. Recently I have heard several similar remarks from the main stream media and I simply don’t buy what the MSM is selling. I understand the data sets that they are looking at, but I also have an insiders view of the situation that presents a more full picture than a set of numbers on a page. I wrote my own response to the nay sayers shortly after Chris’ post, but today John Mark Reynolds has also penned a fantastic response worth a read – especially if you are a Christian wringing your hands over Christianity’s supposedly dwindling numbers.

Every few years somebody announces that Christianity in America is doomed. This time the excuse is a survey that does show a small decline in Christian self-identification, but that this decline has pretty much stopped. A one percent decline in just under a decade in Christian self-identification in a survey with a margin of error of half a percent is hailed as the latest piece of evidence.
When extremist secularists are not paranoid of an imminent American theocracy, whether because someone is singing the Battle Hymn of the Republic or saying the Pledge, they veer into triumphalism, because “all” the smart people or young people (take your pick) are going their way. Of course, religious gloom mongers benefit by overplaying the fears of traditional Christians and joining extreme secularists in seeing the end of the religious world as we have known it.
Pardon me, but Christians should feel fine. This is not the end of American Christian dominance, though it may mark the end of the religious left… continue at the Scriptorium Daily

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  • Lars Walker

    I sincerely hope you’re right. What I actually fear, I guess, is not the “failure” of Christianity (if that can possibly happen, my whole faith is a delusion), but the failure of Christian culture in my lifetime. In particular, my fear is that, as the common canard that “Christian” (in any historically meaningful sense) is synonymous with bigotry gains acceptance, we will be hunted underground. I should embrace that as the martyrs of old, but I find it hard to work up much enthusiasm, mea culpa.
    And I’m haunted by the words of Christ–“When the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on earth?”

  • Scott

    How about this: “In the end, CHRIST wins”?

  • ucfengr

    …we will be hunted underground. I should embrace that as the martyrs of old, but I find it hard to work up much enthusiasm, mea culpa.
    I doubt the early martyrs were all that enthusiastic about being fed to the lions or burned at the stake. If I recall, Jesus wasn’t all that enthusiastic about the cross, either. Don’t be too hard on yourself, early Christians probably weren’t all that different from modern ones.

  • ex-preacher

    You’re on to us, Dustin! That research from Barna, ARSI, the Pew Forum, the Southern Baptist Convention, and the Roman Catholic Church is purely mainstream media propaganda. Everything is hunky-dory in the world of conservative American Christianity. Please forget I ever said anything about this.

  • Annette

    OK. I am sick of my president parading around apologizing on behalf of American’s saying we are arrogant. I am sick of my president parading to other countries saying we are no longer a christian nation. He needs to STEP DOWN!!!!. Has he forgotten he is PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, which was founded on GOD!!! HE IS A DISGRACE TO MY COUNTRY AND ALL IT STANDS FOR. ANYONE OUT THERE WHO CAN TELL ME WHAT I CAN DO ABOUT THIS. I do not call this man my president.

  • ex-preacher

    Love it or leave it, Annette.