78% are Christian? I think we found our problem.

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?

5 thoughts on “78% are Christian? I think we found our problem.

  1. I think one of the reasons this broken church isn’t helping anyone is because they are lead by a bunch of men that get paid to preach. You can not be lead the way Christ would lead by getting paid to pastor a flock. I believe the motivation ends up being money and power. I know when I went to these churches you were taught that it is ok for the pastor to be paid, after all he can’t do this job and get a real job. In my opinion it is because YOU LACK THE PROPER AUTHORITY to organize and lead Christ’s church in a way that effective. I just spoke to my sweet friend in Hawaii. Her and her husband have 6 children ranging in age of 21-7, he works as a nuclear physicist and has been charged to “pastor” a congregation. He has been doing it for 5 years now. She said that she knows that the only way he is able to do these things (and I believe he does them all very well) is by the authority that is given to him by the restored Priesthood that has been sent to the earth once again. The church is here, it is not broken. It has been organized and is presided over by Jesus Christ. Are there broken people in this church that are doing things that are contrary to the Saviors teachings? Yes. However, the framework has been established and there is so much good happening. It has been quietly going on for about 200 years now. You have to stop chopping at the branches and get to the root!

    • Melissa, I assume you are talking about the Mormon Church here?

      I would contend that the Mormon church is no better than the mainstream Christian church. If there is a “restored Preisthood” then they should probably be doing a better job of leading.

      But maybe I’m wrong. Admittedly, I don’t know much about the Mormon Church. Do you care to educate us?

  2. I just want to share one of my favorite scriptures. It is in the Book of Micah. I love the words of prophets so this is probably one of the reasons it is my favorite.
    Micah 6:7-8
    “Will the Lord be pleased with thousands of rams, or with ten thousands of rivers of oil? Shall I give the firstborn for my transgression, the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?
    He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?”

  3. The tone of your post is very bitter and condemning. While I’m not sure if I’ll get a response back, I just want to set a few things straight.

    First off, it is true that many Christians are hypocrites and annoyingly pretentious.

    You already know what I’m going to say–they are Christians in name ONLY. They are lukewarm; they live a shallow life, especially on Sunday. Christians aren’t perfect. We have been redeemed by grace, but that DOES NOT mean all our problems are solved and we’re now jumping, bubbling pots of rainbows. Christians do choose the wrong sweater and get up on the wrong side of the bed and listen to their temptations and forget to live slowly. We forget a lot of things, most of which are important.

    As a sixteen-year-old girl who was not born in the church, I have supremely felt the difficulty in living out the ideals of Christians. It is through a lot of discipline that many people don’t have, especially in a convenient, fast-paced world like today. But we are trying. We are trying, and that may not be enough for you. But how can you expect us (the 78% as you say) to solve poverty?

    Isn’t that stretching it a little? I mean… POVERTY? Being in a nation of free market and social mobility means that there are going to be some really rich people and some really poor people. There is going to be wealth inequality, which results in starvation, etc, all the bad and ugly stuff. That is the price of individuality: some people win, some people lose.

    We should help the lost people. But you–and a lot of people who, in essence, ask the same question–cannot expect to magically save the day. You seriously cannot be thinking of blaming someone for social ills and inequality.

    Why not just hand out sandwiches, dude? If the 78% is not doing its job, then 1% (you and me) can do something about it. Chances are, the Church will never learn. Let me tell you why: Humans never learn from their mistakes, and history repeats itself. And the Church was created by Man.

    Now, siphoning off the Christians who aren’t really Christians, let’s say there are 10% of the population. And these people are great! They do everything you want them to, but it’s not because you told them to do so. No offense, but you aren’t God. You have no right to condemn other people, the SAME way Christians don’t have the right to condemn you for your beliefs. Following that, it’s a little egocentric of you (sorry) to blame the Church for the world’s problems.

    It is true we need to prevent and combat all the starvation and widespread corruption. It does NOT make sense for us to differentiate one another by religious labels, and asking for others to do their share. It makes sense for us to just do it.

    That is not my religion speaking. That is my moral code.

    • First off: Great rant, Teresa. I appreciate the passion and the harsh direct tone that you take. No sense in beating around the bush. Well done.

      Now, obviously we disagree completely on this. Here are a few thoughts I had while reading your comment:

      1. I have every right to condemn other people and NO that does not indicate that I think I’m God. I call it like I see it and am not afraid to have my views challenged.
      2. Christians do condemn me for my beliefs. They have to or there would be no religion.
      3. “Believe in the Lord Jesus and you will be saved” is about the same as saying “Check the box ‘Christian’ on the survey when you fill it out”. 78% did just that and when you don’t accept them…well who’s condemning who?
      4.Do I think it’s realistic that Christians could end poverty? Of course not…but I do believe that if 78% of this country wanted to do anything they could make it happen.

      The point of this post is simply to point out: Christians are the majority and they need to start acting like it. Stop blaming others (satan, sin, homosexuals, whatever) and start taking a personal responsibility for this nations welfare. No, not in the voting booth…in the street, in the home.

      It is rare (and yes they do exist) to find a Christian church that is more focused on the poor and needy than on themselves. The vast majority of churches that I see care for themselves 1st and others 2nd. It’s not much different than the for-profit business I work at.

      Finally, I am a white, male, straight, American…which makes me a member of the top 1% of privileged people in the world. I realize that gives me more power than most to cause change and I take that responsibility very seriously. We all have our role to play in improving society…it’s time Christian America wakes up to that fact.

      Thanks again for your comment, Teresa. I do hope you stick around…your opinions will be appreciated here.

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