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May 20, 2015, 5:56 PM

Pastor Dave on the PEW STUDY America's changing religious landscape

Lately, I have heard many Christians worrying about a recent PEW RESEARCH STUDY that found that those who describe themselves as Christians dropping  nearly eight percentage points in just seven years, from 78.4% to 70.6%.


More alarming for those same people is the growth of those who say they have no religious ties- atheist , agnostic or just unaffiliated- a six point jump from 16.1% to 22.8%


I am not worried or alarmed. I have seen the signs coming.


Let’s take the positive first. Things are not hopeless. No country in the world has a bigger Christian population.  We are still a Christian nation. Our political leaders still quote Bible passages. Christian voters are still sought after by both parties. We still are able to say what we want, worship where we want and do not fear persecution.


Yet, Christian principles are under attack. What has been accepted as right for over 200 years is now considered wrong- marriage before sex….a family before marriage…. marriage instead of living together….a marriage definition that is a covenant between a man and a woman….


Since the Word of God is contradicting current thought, the Bible is under attack. Many consider the morality of the ancient world to be archaic. The modern world knows more now. They believe that it’s time to change the rules.


All this is shoddy reasoning. Deep down, everyone knows it. It’s expressed everyday- at home, at work, at play. People are yearning for the “old” days. They look around and see the results of changing public policy and don’t like what they see- unwanted pregnancies, higher divorce rates, child abuse, pornography and conflicted children.


I don’t have a solution for America. I am only one person in a wider world. For me, the only avenue open is the people I see. That’s why I will continue to share the Word of God, love the Lord and take on the armor provided to me by the Holy Spirit. 


My plan is a simple one. Since the change in America is taking place “one person at a time” that’s how I want to spread the gospel. You guessed it “one person at a time”.


In Williams County, Ohio I am ready for war. I will continue to  go out into the world and fight for one soul at a time. Are you joining the “one person at a time” army?


05-24-2015 at 10:31 PM
Bob Etzel
Amen!! I have enlisted!
05-21-2015 at 10:10 AM
Barb Crisenbery
Working on that also. It only takes a spark to get a fire going!
05-20-2015 at 8:11 PM
Couldn't have said it any better! Agree 100% with you.
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