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.
- Younger evangelicals put happiness and popularity over morality (winteryknight.wordpress.com)
- Jars of Clay (Dan Haseltine) and Pedro the Lion (David Bazan) leave the Evangelical Church behind…what is going on? (michaeldouglasjohnson.com)
- First Church of Public Opinion (ethoshift.wordpress.com)