"Someone asked him, Lord, are only a few people
going to be saved?" (Luke 13:23)
The New York Times has a report on the decline of
Christianity in America. According to an extensive survey by the Pew
Research Center, only 71% of American adults claim they are Christians, the
lowest estimate from any survey to date, with a decline of 8% from a similar
previous Pew survey in 2007. Within the same period, atheists and agnostics
or of those of no particular faith, have increased from 16% to 23%.
In the past, almost all of the American
population was Protestant in faith, but now only 46.5 percent of the
population is Protestant. In the past, those proclaiming no particular faith
are increasing as well as atheistic secularists. They are more organized and
oppose religion, have lobbied the government and have urged the Senate or
House of Representatives for legislative intervention to prevent faith in
their daily lives. The anti-religious people also have considerable
political influence, because most Atheists vote for the Democratic Party, and
most Evangelical Christians usually vote Republican. The number of
Evangelicals is slowly increasing, there is about six thousand two hundred
million. However, mainstream denominations and Catholics are in decline,
about thirty-six million and fifty-one million. Even though, Muslims have
increased in population, they still remain at about 1%.
Yes, traditional Christian culture has
gradually declined in the United States, but even more tragic is that many
mainstream Protestant Christians and Secularists have gradually assimilated.
They are fond of religious ceremonies, secular activities; making their faith
weak, they only care about baking cakes for gay couples, rather than rebuking
the sin, calling them to repentance towards Jesus.
True Christians cannot compromise to worldliness.
Because faith is not an embellishment, it is the entire part of life. Jesus
did not come to help us to change and improve the world, but to win back the
people to Him; He has called His followers to place their own sovereignty
entirely in His hands, so that the glory of God may be manifested in the
people that He has redeemed. This is the issue of life, not numbers of
believers. How can a non-believing reporter understand?