“In the 2009 American Religious Identification Survey, 76 percent of Americans self-identified as ‘Christian.’ If we’re not careful, we might think the majority of the country understands Christ, the Bible, and Christianity the way we evangelicals do. Unfortunately, that’s not the case.
Sociologists have long known that Americans who self-identify as ‘Christian’ rarely attend church, let alone an evangelical church. Of the minority who do attend church, large segments are non-Bible believing, non-Christ believing, or Mormon. In short, the vast majority are not Christians by the evangelical definition of trusting in Christ alone for eternal salvation and valuing God’s Word as the true standard for belief and practice……The term ‘born again’ means different things to different people in postmodern, pluralistic America.”
John S. Dickerson, a journalist turned pastor, authored “The Great Evangelical Recession”, wherein he stated that studies found that there was a massive discrepancy between the number of Americans who claim to be born again (33%-45%) and the experts’ count of truly defined evangelicals (7%-9%). These findings are consistent with the very few automobiles in my neighborhood which I see leaving or not leaving from or returning or not returning to their 1000+ homes on Sunday morning. Very, very, very few!
Call for The Platters of the 1950s. Remember their great hit of the day? “Oh yes, I’m the great pretender (ooh)…. Pretending I’m doing well (ooh)…. My need is such, I pretend to much, I’m lonely but no one can tell….Adrift in a world of my own (ooh). I play the game but to my real shame, you’ve left me to dream all alone….Too real is this feeling of make believe…. Too real when I feel what my heart can’t conceal…..Just laughing and gay like clown (ooh)…. I seem to be what I’m not you see, I’m wearing my heart like a crown….Oh yes, I’m the great pretender.”
Please Dear Lord, may I not get so wrapped up in my selfish interests, doings, and stuff, which is so easy for me to do, as to be so found.
Used with permission by my friend.