Barna came out with a new study on church goers, here are some highlights:
–88% of American adults say that “my religious faith is very important in my life.”
–75% say they sense that “God is motivating people to stay connected with Him, but in different ways and through different types of experiences than in the past.”
–45% say they are “willing to try a new church.”
–50% say “a growing number of people I know are tired of the usual type of church experience.”
I imagine I’ll “show my age” in biblical years by my comments and deeply distress cool, hip non-church goers, but alas, whatever.
Two verses regarding the last days popped in my head after reading these statistics:
“Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof. . . Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.”
I know I am supposed to be thrilled that 88% of Americans view their faith highly. But I’m not because I know America. I also know the statistics are more a showing that Americans view themselves highly.
It’s a selfish ambition to find bigger and better experiences in any realm to improve THEIR relationship with God. Note there’s not much about helping others develop their relationship with God.
In other words, there’s no edifying the Body, there’s just I’ll do what it takes to get my faith where I want it to be. Self-centered, narcissistic, pseudo-faith driven to find more experiences that will magically make me happy with God. Pretty much sums up America to me.
This is not good news.