According to a 2012 Pew Forum Study:
“Overall, nearly eight-in-ten (78.4%) adults report belonging to various forms of Christianity,”
78.4% of the United States is Christian? That’s right, 78%. So, why do we live in a society with hunger? Oppression? Abuse? Child Sex Trafficking? If Jesus taught “love your neighbor as yourself”, and 78% of the U.S. claims to follow the teachings of Jesus…why isn’t it working? What’s wrong?
Most of the time I spent in church I was taught about “The World”. This big, bad, ominous group of people that wanted to squash my Christian beliefs….that worshiped Satan…that wanted to kill babies, rape our children, and push everyone into drug addiction or homosexuality. I was told how important it was to “vote your values” and to stand up to the persecution that was sure to come. It was an Us against the World mentality.
But now, in 2012, 78.4% still claim to be Christian. What’s wrong with this picture?
Why is the average age of entry into prostitution 13 years old? Who’s paying to rape these children? The 21%…I don’t think so?
Why does domestic violence occur in 60% of all marriages? Because Homosexuals are starting to marry? No….still not enough to justify those numbers.
Why are there huge equality differences between Men and Women, Whites and other Minorities? Could it be due to the teachings of the Bible? I hope not.
Are these and literally every single other issue facing this country today a result of the Christian Church failing to do its job to live up to its own teachings? Why yes, I believe yes it is.
So here is where people say “No one is perfect. The church isn’t perfect. We are broken and in need of God’s grace just like everyone else. Sadly, there are many “other” churches that don’t really believe in God. They are only Christian in name.” Blah, blah, blah, blah.
Fine. I accept that the church is broken (it needn’t be said, it’s obvious to everyone) and I accept that Christians are just sinful people saved by God’s grace…BUT I CANNOT ACCEPT THE FACT THAT “THE CHURCH” DOESN’T TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE ISSUES FACING US TODAY. You have 78% of this country, most likely making you the single largest majority in existence, isn’t that enough to make a difference?
See, here’s the thing, if you always sit back and blame others (the 22% or “other churches”) than nothing will ever change. BUT, if you simply said “I am the majority and change starts with ME” what could happen? Start with you, then your pew, then your pastor, then your church, then your neighbors church, and so on and so forth. You could start here:
Hey Christians, stop buying sex from children…or adults for that matter.
Hey Christians, stop abusing your spouse…and your children for that matter.
Hey Christians, let’s spend a Sunday discussing Oppression and see what we can do to fix it.
I am constantly picking on the church because I feel it is failing to fulfill the most basic teaching of Christ: “Love others”. And no, I won’t stop and accept that the church is “doing enough good”. That’s bullshit.
Jesus sacrificed HIS LIFE. His LIFE! What do you do?