“All warfare is based on deception. Hence, when we are able to attack, we must seem unable; when using our forces, we must appear inactive; when we are near, we must make the enemy believe we are far away; when we are far away, we must make him believe we are near.” (Sun Tzu)
The not-so-popular news magazine, Newsweek, has started 2015 with a cover article that can only be interpreted as ploy to get some traction as the publication tries to gain much needed ground as the print edition to flounders less than a year after being relaunched. The cover article entitiled “The Bible: So Misunderstood It’s a Sin” (which I won’t link to because I don’t want to send traffic to the site) is such a hit-piece on mainstream Christianity that it’s shameful. If you want a good counter article to the Newsweek piece, head over to Al Mohler’s post.
What I would like to do is shed some light on what Christianity is really like in America. If you were to land in here and only listen to the media, you’d think that Christianity was a small, pathetic sliver of the national population.
Here’s the truth:
70% of all Americans openly profess Christianity (Gallup, 2014)
Another poll on specific, Christmas-centric beliefs was conducted by Pew last month – here’s what they found:
73% of all Americans believe that Jesus was born to a virgin
Yep, that’s right – an overwhelming majority of Americans are Christians and believe that God works in human history in supernatural ways. But you wouldn’t think that if you only saw America through the eyes of the media. They are waging a war against Christianity and using deception to convince Christians that they are a small minority that needs to get with the program.
Don’t be decieved by what you hear about the demise of American Christianity. While it’s true that traditional protestant denominations are declining, non-demoninational churches are surging. Yes, throughout history Christianity as had ups and downs, but take heart, the sky isn’t falling.
“I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” (Jesus, Matthew 16:18 ESV)
PS: Newsweek, if you are struggling to sell papers, it’s never a good idea to offend over 7 out of 10 potential readers. Just sayin’.
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