Sunday, October 08, 2006

Churchy News

Evangelical leaders are concerned that they're losing the kids. "Their alarm has been stoked by a highly suspect claim that if current trends continue, only 4 percent of teenagers will be 'Bible-believing Christians' as adults. That would be a sharp decline compared with 35 percent of the current generation of baby boomers, and before that, 65 percent of the World War II generation." Is the claim "highly suspect?" According to the Southern Baptist Council on Family Life, 88% of the children of SBC parents leave church at 18 and never return. Part of the problem is that the Christian family has allowed itself to be subsumed by the culture. But church's too, who don't value family worship, and prefer to segment and separate children from their parents are partly to blame as well.

John Lofton has some fun with statist pseudo-Christian and shouting head Bill O'Reilly.

A plea to James Dobson: Be not unequally yoked with the unholy--Get out of the GOP. "The Republican Party has become a conglomerate of special interests. Christians are now standing shoulder-to-shoulder in a party that supports homosexual candidates, pro-abortion candidates, and those who support homosexual marriage."

I guess we’ll see in another month or so, but this article claims that Evangelical support for the GOP, actually the Bushies, is falling precipitously. A nationwide poll found that 57 percent of white evangelicals are inclined to vote for Republican congressional candidates in the midterm elections, a 21-point drop from 2004. Just 42% think that Republicans govern "in a more honest and ethical way" than Democrats. Even the percentage who support keeping troops in Iraq has dropped to 55 percent, from 68 percent in early September. The beginning of a trend? I doubt it. It strikes me almost every time I talk to a believer about civil government, it's Biblical purposes, limitations, etc. that they haven't given the matter more than a passing thought.

Is it possible that Pentecostals could represent 1 in 4 Christians around the world? A few years, ago I heard Philip Jenkins lecture on global trends in Christianity, and it is clear that the complexion, literally and metaphorically, of Christianity will change in coming decades as it’s center moves to the southern hemisphere and becomes increasingly charismatic in nature. I’m not sure what to make of such trends, but as Christians we ought to be at least thinking about it.


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