Have You Been Labeled a Christian or a Post-Christian?

by Sally Matheny

Have You Been Labeled a Christian?
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Have you been labeled as a Christian? How many people in your home claim to be Christians?

We know only God is truly able to judge a person’s mind and heart. Since there is only one God, some humans resort to other means of determining people’s beliefs. They conduct a survey!

Surveys are not always reliable. However several have concluded that approximately 75% of Americans claim to be Christians.

However, the majority of these “Christians” say they do not have a “biblical” worldview. 

Obviously, people have different definitions of what it means to be a Christian.

To get a better perspective, the research organization, Barna Group, conducted a survey and went beyond simply checking a box labeled “Christian.”

One label term may be new to you— “post-Christian.”

According to the Barna Group’s survey, to qualify as a “post-Christian,” people have to meet nine or more of the following factors:

1.   Do not believe in God
2.   Identify as atheist or agnostic
3.   Disagree that faith is important in their lives
4.   Have not prayed to God (in the last year)
5.   Have never made a commitment to Jesus
6.   Disagree the Bible is accurate
7.   Have not donated money to a church (in the last year)
8.   Have not attended a Christian church (in the last year, not counting weddings or funerals)
9.   Agree that Jesus committed sins
10.        Do not feel a responsibility to “share their faith”
11.        Have not read the Bible (in the last week)
12.        Have not volunteered at church (in the last week)
13.        Have not attended Sunday school (in the last week)
14.        Have not attended religious small group (in the last week)
15.        Do not participate in a house church (in the last year)

How many times have you attended a Christian church this year?

How many of these factors apply to you? How many apply to the rest of your family?

If you relate to at least nine of these, you may have a post-Christian worldview.
So, what does post-Christian mean? 

It’s where a strong, Christian worldview used to exist, but now has shifted to other worldviews. This includes “personal worldviews, ideologies, religious movements, or societies that are no longer rooted” in the beliefs of Christianity. (Wikipedia)

At first, I thought the Barna Group could have asked some of the questions regarding the timing (week vs. year) differently. After reading their whole The State of the Church report, I had a clearer understanding. You should click over there and check out the info-graphics. You may find them enlightening as well.

Do you feel a post-Christian worldview is lurking around your home?

What can we do to protect our hearts and the hearts of our children? I’ve included links to some helpful articles from Focus on the Family for you to consider.

1.   Perhaps it’s time to make a decision. Choose you this day whom you will serve. (Joshua  24:15)

2.   Also, there are many wonderful truths in this article, Why Jesus Lived, to share with your children.

3.   Talk with God on a daily basis. Even if you feel awkward or distant, He is waiting and eager to hear from you. 

Gather your family for nightly Bible reading and prayer. Take the first step and make it a priority. Another helpful article: Prayer and the Difference It Makes.

4.   Consider joining a Bible study group at your church, online, or working through one on your own at home. There are many good ones available including those by Beth Moore, Kay Arthur, and Women of Faith. Books by Lee Strobel, C.S. Lewis, and Josh McDowell are also good. I love using Answers in Genesis books by Ken Ham with children.
There are numerous more! Just make sure they agree with the entire Bible. And the only way to do that is to dig deep into God’s Holy Word yourself every day.

5.   Who do you know personally that you consider to be a strong, all-in Christian? That’s whom you need to go to with your questions. If you don’t know of anyone like that, then seek out a pastor in a local Christian church. Again, look for someone who believes the Bible to be God’s perfect and holy Word. 

Gather your family for Bible
reading and prayer.

Understand there are no perfect churches or perfect Christians. Every person battles sin (going against God). As Christians grow stronger in their faith, they become better equipped for the battles. Being persistent and consistent in learning God's will is crucial.

As we grow in knowledge and wisdom, we realize we are helpless without the love and forgiveness of Jesus Christ. We know our only hope is through Him and so we trust Him to save us and to lead us.

Being a Christian is not just a label or statement. As we learn to follow Christ, we allow His Truth to pierce our souls. 

Believing-Christians are practicing-Christians. The evidence of a deep-running faith is that it overflows into every aspect of our lives.

I'd love to hear from you! What other books and resources can you recommend that will help strengthen a family's Christian worldview? 

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