The Pew Research Center recently released its poll results showing that evangelical leaders are losing their influence in the United States. That’s pretty interesting when you think about the founding of this country that, in part, is set on the idea of a free expression of religion.
However, I can’t say that I’m surprised. Americans have arguably been facing a moral decline for decades and have been seduced by the allure of material possessions and influences that only allow temporary highs.
Statistics are only a telling of what has been developing in the country for quite some time. No one should seem surprised or shocked. But rather than merely look at the headline that brought this news to my attention and ask the question, “What’s going on?” I’d offer a few suggestions for the Americans who, statistically speaking, aren’t listening anymore.
1. Don’t be too quick to write someone off as phony just because they’re an evangelical leader. There’s a true message of God out there, but you can’t hear it if you’re not listening.
2. Don’t allow the trappings of success to steer you away from God. Personal success, at times, can make us pay less attention to the needs of those around us and a bit more selfish and less giving. Sometimes, having it “too good” can lead you to stray from God. When everything is going perfect in your life for too long, and you think it’s because of you and how great you are, it could be setting you up for a false sense of independence from God.
3. Remember that life is short. Scripture points out in James 4: 14 that life is like a vapor that appears for a short time and then vanishes away. So, choose how you spend your time wisely. The voices of bold evangelicals will always be around; you’ll have to do your part to make God a priority in your life.
Will evangelicals increasingly be drowned out in a culture with so many other things fighting for our attention?