Newsweek: ‘Christian God’ is Less of a Force

Newsweek writer, Jon Meacham, armed with an erroneous survey, first assures us that the ‘Christian God’ is not dead, then proclaims him as “less of a force in American politics and culture.”

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Thank you, Newsweek! I was beginning to worry God was a no-vote in the 2008 U.S. election, and just when us dumb Americans were trying to figure it all out, you comforted us by saying God was OK and that he is only “less of a force.”

Here’s how Meacham put it after painting a dreary picture of a Southern Baptist school president, about to suffer clinical depression from the survey news of a “less Christian” nation:

There it was, an old term with new urgency: post-Christian. This is not to say that the Christian God is dead, but that he is less of a force in American politics and culture than at any other time in recent memory.

And all though the story headline proclaims, “The End of Christian America,” Meacham, like some Santa Claus listening to our wish list while we are sitting on his lap, attempts to throw us Christians a candy cane to suck on…

Let’s be clear: while the percentage of Christians may be shrinking, rumors of the death of Christianity are greatly exaggerated.

Again, Meacham does not know that Christianity, a faith in Christ, has nothing to do with religion or denomination. In fact the survey is equally misinformed about it’s so-called conclusions.

For example, the survey says:

“The challenge to Christianity in the U.S. does not come from other religions but rather from a rejection of all forms of organized religion.”

FALSE because Christianity is not “challenged” at all. The body of Christ, His Church, survives eternally. Christianity is not about some membership drive either. There will always be challenges to individual Christians because Jesus was challenged some 2,000 years ago. Why should anything be different now?

“One sign of the lack of attachment of Americans to religion is that 27% do not expect a religious funeral at their death.”

Perhaps a better question to determine a growth or decline in the number of Christians, would be to ask, “When you die, where do you think you will go?” Whether someone wants incense burning, a pastor’s message, or gospel music playing at their funeral has no bearing on whether they have a relationship with Christ or not. The “attachment” anyone should desire before death is to Jesus, not religion.

And so it goes… the survey is skewed, the media misinterprets and bangs the drum of ignorance, and Americans are dished a load of nothing.

Although Meacham surmises:

To the surprise of liberals who fear the advent of an evangelical theocracy and to the dismay of religious conservatives who long to see their faith more fully expressed in public life, Christians are now making up a declining percentage of the American population.

He is wrong because theocracy is the furthest thing from the mind of a follower of Christ. Christians express their faith…whether it is understood or seen in public or not. And certainly, no stray survey or misguided journalist can conclude that Christians, those that have experienced the transforming power of Jesus, are “making up a declining percentage.”

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6 thoughts on “Newsweek: ‘Christian God’ is Less of a Force

  1. Pingback: Newsweek Misuses Poll, Flies ‘The End of Christian America’ Banner « TheScroogeReport

  2. If it wasn’t for our parents rushing us off at 4 months old to be indoctrinated into a christian faith, christianity would have never survived today. Its only survived because of family tradition handed down to their children at each generation. How many children would become christians or go to church if it wasn’t for the insistance of our parents? Not too many. The last 2 generations are changing all of that. Baptisms are way down and children are now growing up to make educated religious decisions on their own, rather then their parents spoon feeding them only 1 belief system all their growing up years. Without indoctrination into the faith by our parents christianity would have hit the skids generations ago.

    • @richard, sorry Christianity has nothing to do with “indoctrination” or making “educated religious decisions.” Also, it does not rely on anyone to survive! Neither is it about baptisms…because those are merely public proclamations of having received Jesus into our hearts. Parents who expose their children to a Christian faith best are those living a life in Christ, not necessarily those who think it’s all simply about going to church on Sunday. Thanks for your comment Richard.

  3. Alexander: Most christians in western cultures belong to an organized way of faith. Statistics are there for all to see. Individual christians are a small percentage of those that believe. I stated earlier most christians, catholics/protestants are so because of family tradition or indoctrination. Alexander were you born into a christian family and taught to believe, or did you find christianity yourself as an adult using your own personal knowledge? There is a huge difference.

    Christianity in the USA is following the pattern of most western culture democracies that have all shown huge declines in being believers. Secularism is growing rapidly, I believe thats the right way to go. Alexander, you can still practice your belief, but within a few years you will be in the minority in the USA as christianity drops with every government, or Angus Reid poll taken. Christians then will struggle to find acceptance, just as non christian believers struggle today because they are in the current minority. Sort of like KARMA, and KARMA is a good thing.
    Younger generations coming along are not so entwined in having a belief, as the generational thing of the past of mom an dad teaching you only one way. My Jewish friends were taught by their parents with the same strong beliefs that there is no Messiah as you believe that there is. Geography (where you were born) basically determines what faith you most likely will follow in life. That is slowly changing, and changing for the good, as educated people finally make better choices for their lives. My opinion is as valid as yours Alexander. Believe it or not!

  4. Have you seen the movie the Bucket List, when Jack Nicholas asks Morgan Freeman are on the airplane and Jack says something like, “Do you really believe in a little guy in the sky”. And Morgan Freeman simply says, “Yes, I have faith”. It is that simple.

    I did follow my parents into Christiany because that is what so many of us did. I checked that box. Then one day – I decided to study the facts about Jesus. After doing my homework — I will assuredly take my chances and live with being in the “minority” of people who believe that Jesus Christ is the Savior.

    For those who don’t believe–for whatever reason- my little blog won’t change their mind. I just hope they are witness each day to people (Christian or not) who live their life by Christ’s message-waving them into traffic when it’s backed up; or being friendly in the grocery store when everyone is impatient; or helping those less fortunate in a sandwich line-people who offer love & forgiveness & patience at times when we don’t deserve it. Those “works” demonstrate Christ’s simple message -love your neighbor-how is that a bad thing?

    In my homework, I confirmed that the historic records clearly confirm that a man named Jesus Christ was born in Bethlehem (as the Old Testament said the Messiah would be). The records confirm that He was a teacher and He was crucified on a cross- and the records reflect that Pontius Pilate is in the written record for having handed him over to die–the Romans kept good records. So, you can either believe that Jesus Christ was the Messiah or you can believe that he peddled a cult–regardless, He really lived and He was crucified for the love your neighbor message–people feared He could be more powerful than them (an age old problem). The quesion in the “faith” area is not “did he live?”, but rather “Did he rise from the dead?” When you really study the prophecies of the Old Testament which were all fulfilled through the life of Jesus-it’s hard to not believe. Why was Peter willing to be crucified upside down? Stephen was stoned while Paul watched and kept the coats. Shortly after, Saul/Paul was blinded by a light from Heaven which was Christ speaking to him. Paul/Saul hated the Christians-as so many Romans did – and Paul was the person that ultimately carried the baton to grow the faith. Paul was a Jewish leader who spoke and wrote a number of languages – he didn’t know Christ when Christ was alive. I do believe that God selected him to pass along the message because Paul was likely the most educated/qualified/literate & articulate guy on the planet at the time- and Paul succeeded in getting the message out. Isn’t there some incredible irony that if Paul had not been imprisoned for two years-because the Romans didn’t kill their own very often – he could not have written all those letters which moved people to Christianity? The puzzle is too incredible to not have even one ounce of faith–do you really not carry one little question?

    It’s healthy to question. Don’t dismiss Christianity “because…”. Get your own facts. As for me -I believe-He is the Word. And, I hope He will give everyone – Christian or non- one last chance at the very end to choose him. I think the line is something like “Seek and you shall find”. Best to you.

  5. There is no historical evidence from 4 BCE to 30 AD that a divine man named jesus ever lived. All writings about him came decades after he supposedly died. There is no historical evidence about mary, joseph, the crucifiction, 12 apostles, blind man, 5,000 loaves/fishes people story, wedding of cana wine story……nothing in any written documents, no eyewitness accounts, no stone tablets with writings, no works of carpentry, no coins with his likeness, no physical description of him…..NOTHING! We do have libraries full of original information about mythical gods that came centuries before mostly bearing the same message as jesus. Born of a virgin on december 25, performed miracles and was spirited away. The 4 gospels were copies of copies written in greek by writers unknown. We know nothing about Mathew, Luke, Mark and John. The early catholic church leaders threw out many bible writings because they didn’t fit the story that christianity wanted to develop their belief into. If jesus was suppose to be the greatest man that ever lived and no one during his life wrote of his supposed birth, miracles and crucifiction then the jesus story is BUSTED!

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