Church attendance in America--perception vs. reality? Politcal influence?
I heard a fascinating report on NPR a few weeks ago, and have followed up on it by reading some more articles recently. In light of the recent political season, this puzzles me: Fewer than 20% of Americans actually attend ANY church weekly. Now that doesn't mean they don't attend church, but the idea that they are 'regular' church-goers is not truthful. 78% of Americans claim to be "Christian", however.
Now that I've read responses: Why do the politicos feel the need to comment on, pander to(?), proclaim, exclaim about "God" and being "Christian" still, if so few Americans really are or practice religion? What about the ever thinning "separation of church and state" and "freedom of (from?) religion" in the Constitution?
I have many friends who do not attend a church, but when asked, are "Christian". When asked basic "Christian" information, though, they are fairly ignorant. (think Sunday School type information about the bible/bible characters/basic Christian belief ideas).
So, what does this say about America? Anything? Nothing?
I never fail to be amazed by the chutzpah
of the people here who think ALL the people who go to church, or at least the ones they run into are such hypocrites. I look at church attendance as a fill up of my gas tank of my car. Some people feel as if they do not need weekly attendance in 'four walls with a patriarch' speaking. I guess it depends what you are looking for. If you are going because you want to increase business, go anywhere, join the BBB, sponsor a little league team, doesn't have to be church.
If you want to follow Christ, find a bible believing church and GET INVOLVED. Most of the complaining I hear is from 'pewsitters' who are never involved in any activity. They are always looking at their watch, and scoot out the door, to be first in line at the buffet when church is out.
And finally, I will only say that looking at the results of the election, it is not a surprise to me that church attendence is in decline.:no: