In a recent Newsweek article, Lisa Miller boldly states that America is no longer a Christian nation. You can find the article in the August 31 edition of Newsweek magazine or at this link http://www.newsweek.com/id/212155. Miss Miller states that “although America was founded by Christians, and according to a 2008 survey, 76 percent of us continue to identify as Christian,” most American’s spiritual beliefs are more in line with the Rig Veda, the most ancient Hindu scripture, than they are with the Word of God. I would encourage you to read this brief article. it is eye opening to say the least.
Lisa Miller’s statement is reinforced by recent surveys and polling data. For example, a 2008 Pew Forum survey showed that 65% of Americans believe that there are many roads that lead to heaven, including 37% of Evangelical Christians. Sadly, in this post-modern age, most people prefer a deli approach to religion and spirituality. In other words, they would prefer to pick and choose what works the for them. There are no spiritual absolutes; there are no orthodox beliefs.
How should we as Christians respond to such a denial of orthodox Christianity and biblical truth? First of all, the Church needs to reassume its responsibility to teach doctrinal truth. Twelve times in his letters to Timothy, Paul exhorts his young student as to the importance of correct doctrine. As a matter of fact, Paul repeatedly uses the phrase, “sound doctrine.”
Some contemporary Evangelical leaders are realizing the value of a return to strong doctrinal teaching. Addressing this exact point, Ravi Zacarias has said, “The problem with America today is not America. It is the Church. We have become very shallow as Christians, very shallow. We have become masters at engineering feelings without much thought. Very little thinking goes on at Church.”
Secondly, as believers, we must realize that we are the spiritual hope of our country. We must be determined and committed to letting our spiritual light shine. Jesus said in Matthew 5:15, “no one lights a lamp and puts it under a basket.” Let me be clear, our responsibility is not to protest those who disagree with us, or fight with those who believe differently. The best way for us to counter ungodliness is with a godly life. May God help us to live in such a way that we continue to influence our neighbors, our co-workers, and our country to be guided by biblical beliefs and Christian values.