Oh good grief, why do people say such things? The rumors of our demise have been highly exaggerated. All in good humor here, but I myself may be chronically on the verge of collapse, especially on Mondays. However, that does not mean faith is in decline or the church is in decline, or Christianity is about to go the way of the dinosaurs.
“But Pew research declares….” Why in the world would we be listening to Pew? “Pew” is a word we use for something that smells funny. It would be a pretty sad state of affairs if one’s faith was dependent on a public opinion poll.
I love the old testament, especially the KJV, for its melodramatic language, “don’t faint, don’t give up the ghost.” Those words are more relevent today than ever and they always speak so well to the angst, misery, and woe of my soul. Don’t faint!
The truth of the matter is that Christianity has grown expontentally worldwide and even in the US. We are fast approaching a time when there are more Christians alive on the planet than the sum total of all Christians who have ever graced the planet. Even in the US, if you look at the last 50 years you may see some decline, but go back 100 years and what you really see is tenfold growth. Perspective is everything.
All in good humor here, while I can’t speak to the quality of all those Christians, I can certainly speak to the quantity. The numbers are there, the sheer volume is undeniable.
“…upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hades shall not prevail against it.” Also, we were told to take the good news to all the nations and that is precisely what is happening.
This guy here is NOT “the rock” of which I speak, but he is awfully cute and sometimes Mondays just call for some gratutious “Rock” pictures.