Only 38 days until Election Day 2016
The Debate between the major party candidates for President of the U.S. drew somewhere between 80 and 100 million viewers earlier in the week. There have been all sorts of claims, promises, charges and craziness attached to the election campaigns this year. Do you ever wonder if the Bible might shed some light on this whole process? Where would we look in the Bible to get some perspective? Professor George Guthrie suggests that we look at the Old Testament Prophets and offers us four thoughts from the Prophets on the Election.
The State of Christianity within the U.S.
There is no doubt that the last half-century has seen rather dramatic changes in the religious characteristics of the U.S. and in the spiritual focus of American Christians. The folks at Ligonier Ministries and Lifeway Research did a major survey to see where things now stand and how they have changed. You can read a brief summary of some of the findings on the website thestateof theology.com. If you go all the way to the bottom of the page you will see a little button under the title Download the Lifeway Research white paper where you can download a pdf file showing the complete results of the study.
Jared C. Wilson recently opened his blog with this quote: “A Muslim scholar once said to a Christian, ‘I cannot find anywhere in the Qur’an that it teaches Muslims how to be a minority presence in the world. And I cannot find anywhere in the New Testament where it teaches Christians how to be a majority presence in the world.’” He then goes on to point out that “Christianity is in decline in America, and Christendom is already in ruins in Europe, but in the East and in Africa, where it is new, a grassroots movement, and/or under persecution, it is spreading like wildfire.” His thoughts on How Christianity Flourishes are worth reading.
I have one more suggestion for your reading about theses cultural changes. Daniel Darling writes about how this decline in American Christianity has impacted the worship of American Churches. More and more the emphasis has been on the need to “attract” non-Christians to the Sunday services with the result being that the “liturgy” of those services – every church has a liturgy, a way of ordering their worship service – no longer communicates much about what the Christian faith truly values. Take a minute to read Don’t Let Non-Christians Write Your Liturgy and see what you think.
Intriguing, Thought-Provoking and Amusing
And just for fun you might be interested in the relationship of apples to the deadly poison cyanide in the posting Here’s How Many Apple Cores It Would Take to Poison You.