Pastors and other Christian leaders generally tend to paint a gloomy picture of our society and our world. If you listen to them much you will likely conclude that the world has never been darker, yet the future is even gloomier still. Perhaps this is a way of motivating Christians to pray more, work for the kingdom more, and likely depend on the teaching of those Christian leaders more. I don’t know about that. It’s just a guess. Whatever the case, it is refreshing when someone actually shares some good news. I just read some news that was quite heartening.
It is no surprise that 70% of those who claim no religious affiliation or who do not practice faith believe that it is perfectly acceptable for a man and woman to live together outside of marriage. Only 5% of those who practice their Christian faith believe that is acceptable. A majority of those who were agnostic, atheist, liberal Catholic or liberal Protestant support same sex marriage. Only 11% of practicing evangelicals support it. The trends are the same regarding the importance of marriage as well as the abortion rights question. Regnerus said, “While left leaning Evangelicals have received considerable media attention lately, it pays to survey the masses and see just what’s going on. These data suggest that while a modest minority of Evangelicals under 40 might profess what we might call more sexually liberal attitudes, it’s not a significant minority.”
It is good to know that though it may feel sometimes like the sky is falling, the facts are more reassuring. There are young people out there who believe that God has spoken to us through his word, and they are staying faithful to it. Believe it or not, in the church those people are the very large majority. That’s encouraging.