News like this from pollsters always depends on the illusory phrase “if current trends continue.” When in history have current trends continued? Almost never. History takes sharp turns that few predict, typically veering wildly after major unforeseen events.
You really can’t predict the future. In the 1950’s you might’ve thought that “if current trends continued” we’d all be millionaires with summer homes on Mars.
I’ll be honest, I can’t read the future either. I just know that what we have here is unsustainable so either there’s a major course correction about to happen or we are entering a very dark age.
But the left is currently in the “if current trends continue” business. Those of us who resist things like fascism, eugenics, and socialism need to break current trends. I know which side I’m hoping for but I don’t know which side I’d bet on right now.
JusttheNews.com: Christians in the U.S. may become part of the minority in as little as 50 years if current trends continue, according to projections from one of the country’s premier polling outlets.
Pew Research Center said this week that “if Christians keep leaving religion at the same rate observed in recent years,” the total number of Americans who profess Christianity could drop to well below 50 percent before the century is three-quarters gone.
“Depending on whether religious switching continues at recent rates, speeds up or stops entirely, the projections show Christians of all ages shrinking from 64% to between a little more than half (54%) and just above one-third (35%) of all Americans by 2070,” the Center said.
The Center noted that “religiously unaffiliated” Americans could likewise “rise from the current 30% to somewhere between 34% and 52% of the U.S. population” over the same time period.
The thing is, we’re not talking about actual Christians. We’re talking about people referring to themselves as Christians. So, if people who don’t actually follow the teachings of Christianity stop calling themselves Christians does anything actually change?
I think it’s possibly good and bad. On the whole, I think it’s good for actual Christians to stop being confused by nominal Christians who love nothing more than watering down Christianity to appease the world. On the other hand, nominal Christians still have a tenuous connection to Christ and perhaps will turn to God more easily than if they’d rejected Christ altogether.
Pray for a great conversion event. I do. I believe we will continue manufacturing this dystopian future until something major happens which wakes us up. At this point we need a miracle to save us from ourselves.
I’ve decided. Current trends will not continue indefinitely. My money’s on a miracle.
September 22, 2022 at 8:09 am
Surely? God cannot create *Christian* faith by a miracle? And would not even if He could, because our free will or agency is central.
Miraculous conversion goes against (essentially) everything implicit and explicit in the New Testament.
God can allow us to engineer a situation conducive to more Men awakening to the Truth; and this may well be some kind of self-inflicted collapse or other disaster. For instance; what happened to St Paul would not *necessarily* convert him – he might have reacted with anger and refused to believe (or to regard Jesus as a demon); as many have when confronted by similar direct interventions from God.
But Christian conversion is a matter for the individual heart of each Man. Surely?