Has America changed the church?

Rome visit, June 2008 - 57

Rome visit, June 2008 – 57 (Photo credit: Ed Yourdon)

I recently came across a statistic — I don’t know how old it is — that has so many implications that it bears some discussion.

In a column published on the Family Life website, Dennis Rainey reports about a newspaper poll suggesting that 74% of people would cheat on their spouse if they were guaranteed to not get caught.

While my initial reaction was similar to Rainey’s, the implications in my mind grew as I thought about it for a moment.

For instance: how many of these people attend an evangelical church where they profess to follow Jesus Christ? How many of these folks are church leaders? Pastors? Youth leaders? Then I thought: caught by whom? Their spouse? Their pastor? God?

It’s not my purpose to point fingers, but it’s disconcerting to say the least when a number this high is published. I don’t know who conducted the poll or the scientific parameters of it, but taken at face value it certainly is disturbing.

It is sadly not surprising as I am witness to the ravages of divorce and other cultural ills within the church.

I guess I’d just like to see more of a different culture within the church in America so that there is hope for future generations.

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