Are We Really Deserting Christ?

Linda sent me a dcclothesline article today with the alarming headline, “More Americans Than Ever Are Leaving Christianity” ( ).

One sentence, regarding the findings of a recent Pew Poll, jumped out at me: “[The] biggest cultural shift has been among young people.”

That made me remember a 2008 study by Professor Rodney Stark, director of the Institute of Studies of Religion at Baylor University. Dr. Stark, whom I interviewed at the time, said that throughout American history, it has never been unusual for young Christians to leave the church, only to return when they’re a good deal older. So I think we ought to take that into consideration.

But there are other factors.

Chiefly, our public schools, our colleges, and our popular culture labor night and day, every day, to pry young people away from Christianity. We shouldn’t be surprised that this much indoctrination really works. And Christians should not be sending their children to those schools and colleges.

Also, America’s mainline/flatline Protestant churches have virtually ceased to be churches. Instead of God’s word, they devote themselves to fund-raising, entertainment, story-telling, and all kinds of interfaith frolics–as abundantly chronicled in this blog, throughout the year. Is it any wonder they’re losing their grip?

America needs to be re-Christianized: no two ways about it. This is a job that can’t be done by all too many of our churches, and which will be strenuously resisted by our beloved educators.

Of course, to be unaffiliated with a church does not mean a person has ceased to be a Christian. If Jesus has left the building, so should you.

In my Bell Mountain books, First Prester Orth has a vision for the Temple: that instead of a building, a hierarchy, etc., it ought to consist of God’s people nourished on God’s word, with its walls the four corners of the earth and its roof the very heavens: a church not made with human hands, which human hands cannot destroy.

I believe we can be sure that Jesus Christ Our Lord, the King of Kings, will not let His Church go extinct.

But He may very well decide to change it.


5 comments on “Are We Really Deserting Christ?

  1. This is the very reason why, as I am currently immersed in the books of Jeremiah and Lamentations, I find myself pleading with Our Lord to wake up the sleeping and call out to the lost! He is able! As I read, it isn’t hard to replace Israel with America and much of the West. And it’s hard to imagine that things could be much worse than the descriptions given by Jeremiah in Lamentations – but Jesus forewarned us that things will be worse.

    God will always have a remnant, but I find myself heartbroken over those who are either clueless or wilfully disobedient. If only they knew Jesus – and if only they knew their fate without Him.

  2. And not just the United States, but the Western world in general. It is not surprisingly then that the Western world is in such rapid decline. The silver lining is that Christianity is exploding in parts of Asia, Africa, and Latin America. There’s a quote by Dinesh D’souza that has always stuck with me:

    “We may be seeing the beginning of a startling reversal. At one time Christian missionaries went to the far continents of Africa and Asia, where white priests in robes proclaimed the Bible to wide-eyed and uncomprehending brown and black people. In the future, we may well see black and brown missionaries proclaim the Bible to wide-eyed and uncomprehending white people in the West.”

  3. No, we’re not deserting Christ. For every young, common gored christian that leaves, hundreds are born again around the world. We still have the tens of thousands American born-again christians from 911. As Abraham said to God “If there are ten righteous people in Sodom, will you still destroy it”? And God said “No.” Those who find it difficult to forgive others also find it difficult to understand God’s 6,000 years of mercy.

  4. I think that the tide has been receding from Christianity for some time, but I believe that it is likely turning.

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