Periodically you’ll find surveys which attempt to determine just how many people follow each religion in the United States, guessing about trends. A recent survey appeared in Newsweek, with some interesting results:
According to the American Religious Identification Survey that got Mohler’s attention, the percentage of self-identified Christians has fallen 10 percentage points since 1990, from 86 to 76 percent. The Jewish population is 1.2 percent; the Muslim, 0.6 percent … Meanwhile, the number of people willing to describe themselves as atheist or agnostic has increased about fourfold from 1990 to 2009, from 1 million to about 3.6 million. (That is about double the number of, say, Episcopalians in the United States.) Newsweek
So “Christians” have fallen 10 percentage points in 15 years, according to this survey. Is the United States destined to become as Europe, where God takes a back seat to secular humanism, churches maintained only as relics of the past?
Many in this country and its government have openly stated the desire to become more “Europe-like” — is this the future for America? Or can the plunge toward the depths of Sodom and Gomorrah be stopped? Some place the blame on government itself, yet it’s important to remember we have elected representatives. If the nation slouches toward Gomorrah, it’s because the people tolerate it. If the nation be Godly, it’s because the people demand it.
The problem isn’t in Washington (it’s only a reflection of the disease); the real problem lies with the church which sits idly by as the country abandons Godly principles, descending into moral relativity and “everyone does what is right in their own eyes” — as Bill Ritchie said “Without God, anything is possible”.
Yet if the survey is correct, three-quarters of the country remains Christian. Imagine what would happen if each demanded action?
If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. (2 Chronicles 7:14 KJV)
The problem isn’t the government or the President, it’s the church, we’ve allowed it to happen. Government follows society — if it abandons God, it’s because the people allow it, and if it be Godly, it’s because the people demand it.
Where to begin to halt the slide away from God? First off, the solution won’t be found in either of the political parties as each travels down the same road — it doesn’t matter if you’re on the left side of the road or the right side of the road as the destination remains the same. It won’t be found in PAC’s or waving signs. It’s a spiritual battle, and must be fought in the spiritual realm.
- Study your Bible! Once or twice a week during church won’t get the job done.
- Study the Armor of God — you’ve got to understand and properly use the tools God’s given you. Start with our article on the armor of God and then move on to further study. We’re starting a series in our newsletter on the armor of God — what it is, how you get it, and most importantly, how you use it.
- Get involved! Too many shun politics, yes it’s a dirty business, but if you’re not involved, you yield your influence to others. Make your opinion known, and support those candidates and positions espousing Biblical principles, and shun those failing to support Biblical principles. If 70% of the country followed that idea, the nation would turn around. This isn’t a plea for one political party over another, but a principle all Christians can agree on — support candidates (not just single political parties) holding Biblical principles.
Is it too late to halt the slide? No — Nineveh was 40 days from destruction, and turned it around. It’s not too late, and God does perform miracles. The problems in the United States aren’t financial, or military, or even moral — they’re spiritual, and need to be addressed spiritually.
If government abandons God, it’s because the people allow it, and if it be Godly, it’s because the people demand it.