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America: Christian in Name Only?
A friend sent me a link to a Fox News report titled “Where Have All the Christians Gone?” You can do an internet search and find it dated for 2009. The report states that the number of people claiming to be Christians is dropping. Along those same lines, not too long ago our current president stated that America is not a Christian nation. Could he be right? Honestly, I think so. Here’s why:
The current generation of Americans want to be entertained more than anything else. At work, school, and at church. This is not unlike most every other civilization that has been decimated from the inside out. Part of this “wanting to be entertained” is due to apathetic and self-centered attitudes that revolve around an “it’s my right” mentality. Most Americans focus on what is rightfully theirs. We don’t have a problem telling someone what we think of them or what they have done. We don’t mind telling others what our opinions are and we don’t mind making it known when something belongs to us. However, “don’t tell me what you think of me or what I have done and certainly don’t tell me what your opinion is. How dare you!!”
Adrian Rogers, well know evangelist and orator once said that he believed that the basic problem with America is the lack of civility. Americans, he explained don’t even perform the basic acts of kindness or consideration for others. Is he right? Look at the models of society that is held up before us on a regular basis as the brightest, most talented, and best looking people in the world. Surely these people are the cream of the crop. It begs the question: “Does Hollywood and Washington reflect society as it is or does it influence it?” What civility or kindness do most of them espouse?
When selfish and apathetic attitudes are my primary focus, then being a Christian and all that it entails is not. Jesus is just too demanding today, one might say. No, not true. He is no more demanding today then he was when he walked the earth. You see, He was too demanding for the selfish and apathetic then as well. So Christ is really not too demanding for a particular time, but for the selfish and apathetic, which is indicative of our time and our country. Just because someone calls themselves a Christian does not mean they are Christian in the truest sense. Jesus said, “Not everyone who calls me Lord shall enter the Kingdom of Heaven.”
What's in a Name?
We have bigger problems in America than naming ourselves a Christian in a survey. No, if America is a Christian nation it is name only. The attitudes, actions and beliefs of her citizenry, which is shown in such surveys and studies shows that America on the whole does not operate on Christian ideals. One look at Hollywood and/or Washington and/or most of our newspapers, large and small is proof enough. After all who funds Hollywood by supporting these actors/ directors, and who is it that elects these officials to office and who is it that appears on the front page of the papers?