Friday, January 16, 2009

Christianity Is No Longer the Default Faith of the USA

A nationwide survey from the Barna Group indicated that most adults view Christianity as just one of many options and that a huge majority of adults pick and choose what they believe rather than adopt a church or denomination’s slate of beliefs.

This is not a surprise, considering the modern day trend to separate Church from Christ and view the former as rigid and ritualistic and Christ as everyone's best friend.

To call oneself Christian is a huge responsibility, and the importance of turning to the teachings of the pre-denominational Church and not only understand but apply in our everyday life the wisdom of the Church fathers. To quote from a 2007 USA Today article on the growth of Orthodoxy in America,

"I had become convinced that the Eucharist was the center of Christian worship — ancient Christian worship. Once I had reached that point in my personal walk with Christ, there was no going back."

1 comment:

street theologian said...

I think the problem is that people create a separation between doctrines and worship and "life." In Orthodoxy, our doctrine is reflected in our worship, and our worship permeates and moves (or should) our waking hours.