I live in a part of the world where many people have yet to hear the gospel of Jesus Christ. It is a tragedy (a real one not the sort we hear spoken of by people when referring to a minor aspect of life that doesn’t go well) that we have so many very rich Christians who are not using their money to spread the Gospel around the world through real day-to-day projects to touch the hearts and minds of people who have never heard the name of Jesus properly proclaimed.
Living in a non-Christian culture makes it interesting to read reports of what is happening to Christianity in the USA which has had the Christian message preached to it for many years, and which has reached the point where vast swathes of society are now rejecting that message.
Barna in their latest report gives a picture of the Post-Christian USA and offers some definition of what it means to be “Post-Christian”.
The obvious, and not too surprising, fact, is that many of the ideas of Post-Christian and Pre-Christian are identical (or at least very similar). I imagine many of the Pre-Christian would like to hear what Post-Christian USA has to rapidly rejected.
Anyhow here’s Barna’s list:
To qualify as “post-Christian,” individuals had to meet 60% or more of the following factors (nine or more). “Highly post-Christian” individuals meet 80% or more of the factors (12 or more of these 15 criteria).
Do not believe in God
Identify as atheist or agnostic
Disagree that faith is important in their lives
Have not prayed to God (in the last year)
Have never made a commitment to Jesus
Disagree the Bible is accurate
Have not donated money to a church (in the last year)
Have not attended a Christian church (in the last year)
Agree that Jesus committed sins
Do not feel a responsibility to “share their faith”
Have not read the Bible (in the last week)
Have not volunteered at church (in the last week)
Have not attended Sunday school (in the last week)
Have not attended religious small group (in the last week)
Do not participate in a house church (in the last year)