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Jesus We Like, But Church, Not So Much...

May 19, 2017

So, the word on the street is this:

 

In 1995, 6% of the country indicated by survey that their church affiliation is "NONE".

 

In 2006, that number increased to 15%.

 

In 2015, just nine years later, that number has increased to 23%.

 

So, if that is a trend and trends like this tend to be starker in the northeast, it is likely that over 1/4 people do not associate themselves with any church at all.

 

Here is the good news:  Surveys indicate that interest in spirituality has not dipped. From a Biblical perspective, we know that everyone is made with eternity in their hearts, or as CS Lewis says it, with a "God-shaped void." Augustine phrased it that "our hearts are restless until they find their rest in you."

 

Can I use a fourth quote that might capture the spirit of our friends who are far from God? This one is from Bono, "I still haven't found what I'm looking for..." The church has been sent to embody and demonstrate the love and compassion of God, and for many people,