I am alarmed. I am concerned. I am very sad.
Three reports sit upon my desk; Pew Sitter, Megathemes from the Barna Group, and an article from Christianity Today. All confirm what we already know. Christianity is losing souls out the back door.
I must be more than...well....let me say I am more than alarmed. I want to know what is going on and what we need to do to help. While these reports offer no surprises, I call all of us to stir our hearts for God's possible solutions.
Compared to the ages of those beleaving the fastest, I am old. However, I'm hungry. I yearn to know what is needed to claim these wonderful hearts....and keep them. The solution must be God's on the basis of His wisdom and passion. It cannot be of our modern psychology or spiritual habit...unless such are aligned with Him.
We who are 40 and older must evaluate what we are doing which might be contributing to this negative trend. It would be more convenient to blame the beleavers. Yet, could the fault lie within the household of we believers? It very well could....and most likely is.
I see trends I don't like which cause me concern about that age group. I might be of proper judgment. Again, I might be operating from my natural assessment rather than the Spirit one.
Would some of you volley thoughts you have...especially what you see changing/working which might awaken leaders as myself who want to see a transformation of beleavers becoming believers?