David Kinnaman, president of The Barna Group, shared the results of new research that investigated how young non-Christians perceive Christianity. If you read through the FULL ARTICLE you will find some not very surprising findings.
For instance: “How Christianity is perceived.”
Non-Christians aged 16-29 years old were asked, “What is your current perception of Christianity?”
91% said antihomosexual
87% said judgmental
85% said hypocritical
78% said old-fashioned
75% said too involved in politics
72% said out of touch with reality
70% said insensitive to others
Wowza . . .
While these stats are not at all surprising, we must be careful how we respond. I think too often we take these real images of the church and try to be a church that is NOT those things. We begin to define ourselves by what we are NOT rather than what we are. Yes, I hope that the way I and the church serve God and live our faith is different that those widely held perceptions. But at the same time, I hope that we do those things because it is a natural response to God’s blessings in our lives and not so we will have a better showing in next year’s survey . . . though it WOULD be nice to have something like, “flippin’s sweet” as part of next year’s results.