Do You See The Jetsons Going to Church?
Mark H Dillon
Colorado Christian University
11 March 2015, Submitted: 14 March 2015
Prepared for “History of Christianity” HIS-211-A-ON25; Professor Lilia Anand
In the past 20 years the percentage of Americans that say that they believe in God has dropped by 8%. (CNSNews.com) - A new Harris Poll finds that a strong majority (74 percent) of U.S. adults say they believe in God, but that's down from the 82 percent who expressed such a belief in earlier years. Christianity for future generations is on a decline.
Since taking the Bible and prayer out of Schools, there have been five negative developments in the nation’s public schools: Academic achievement has plummeted, including SAT scores, increased rate of out-of-wedlock births, an increase in illegal drug use, increase in juvenile crime and deterioration of school behavior. Without someone teaching our youth in schools about God, the Bible and Jesus, where are the youth of America going to learn?
I am employed by The Salvation Army and live day to day witnessing men and women, in which have been homeless and have “hurts, habits and hang-ups” ; some turning their will and lives over to the care of God and others, not! There are many children and teens that I witness to that don’t even have the foggiest idea who Jesus is and what He did for them.
In the upcoming pages, I will discuss all the above along with how I perceive my life in the future, what I was and what I have become by following Christ, His Miracles still at work, and how the global world plays into it all.
I. Decline in Christianity
Is Christianity in decline in America? When you examine the cold, hard numbers it is simply not possible to come to any other conclusion. Over the past few decades, the percentage of Christians in America has been steadily declining. This has especially been true among young people. As you will see later, there has been a mass exodus of teens and young adults out of U.S. churches. In addition, what “Christianity” means to American Christians today is often far different from what “Christianity” meant to their parents and their grandparents. Millions upon millions of Christians in the United States simply do not believe many of the fundamental principles of the Christian faith any longer. Without a doubt, America is becoming a less “Christian” nation. This has staggering implications for the future of this country. The United States was founded primarily by Christians that were seeking to escape religious persecution. For those early settlers, the Christian faith was the very center of their lives, and it deeply affected the laws that they made and the governmental structures that they established. So what is the future of America going to look like if we totally reject the principles that this nation was founded on?
Overall, Christianity is still the largest religion in the world by far. According to the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life, there are currently 2.2 Billion Christians in the world. So Christianity is not in danger of disappearing any time soon. In fact, in some areas of the globe it is experiencing absolutely explosive growth. But in the United States, things are different. Churches are shrinking, skepticism is growing and apathy about spiritual matters seems to be at an all-time high. Unfortunately, the reality is that most Americans spend very little time thinking about religion or spiritual matters these days. “To most Americans, faith is simply not a big deal. This is particularly true of our young people. Those under the age of 30 are leaving U.S. churches in droves” according to a recent CNN article….. But it isn’t just young people that are leaving American churches. The proportion of Americans that consider they are Christians has been steadily declining for many years. Back in 1990, 82% of all Americans considered themselves...
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