Today is Tuesday, December 4, 2012. I intentionally waited until the elections were some distance in our rear-view mirror prior to publishing this blog. While the status quo in the Office of the President as well as both Senate and House of Representatives was maintained, it occurs to me that more so than any in my memory, this election reveals a fundamental change in the constituency of our nation.
For the first time in the history of our nation, two states put same-sex marriage to the popular vote and the ballot measure passed. Previous measures that allowed gay couples to be legally recognized as married had come from state lawmakers and judges rather than a vote of the people. Both Maine and Maryland voters followed the trend shown by several national polls that reveal for the first time that the majority of Americans are in favor of same-sex marriage in America.
In Colorado and Washington voters passed ballot measures legalizing marijuana for recreational use. While federal law remains in effect declaring this practice to be illegal, the people in these states declared their support for this practice.
What has changed?
For years I have heard people say that we are now in a “Post-Christian America”. I am now a believer.
However, what alarms me most is not that the title “Christian Nation” may have changed. What alarms me most, is that if you asked those who voted for these changes, many of them would claim that they are Christians. In fact, according to Barna Research Group most Americans still maintain that they are Christians and are knowledgeable about biblical content. This calls to question what it means to be a Christian. In order to be more precise let’s change the question.
Let’s consider how many people in our nation have a biblically informed world-view and for that classification to apply to a person they must…
- Believe that absolute moral truth exists
- Believe the Bible is totally accurate in all of the principles it teaches
- Believe that Satan is a real being or force, not merely symbolic
- Believe a person cannot earn their way into Heaven by trying to be good or do good works
- Believe Jesus Christ lived a sinless life on earth
- Believe God is the all-knowing, all-powerful creator of the world who still rules the universe today.
Barna’s research indicates that when those standards are applied only 9% of our nation has a biblical world-view.
What does that mean to those who are in the 9%? It means that those who do live according to a biblical world-view are far in the minority and as such we have to be more proactive in our faith than ever before. I believe that we must find strategies that are much more effective in the passing of biblical truths from one generation to another. We must become more prayerful than ever before, and we must become a people who are much better educated in the truths of God’s Word.
We no longer live in a world that affords us a mediocre faith. Rather, our faith must become vibrant, powerful, and relevant to the world in which we live. We must once again become the greatest agent for change the world has ever seen.
I for one am praying God would grow me to fit the challenge and I firmly believe that He has prepared me just for this time.
How about you?