Thursday, February 7, 2008

WHAT DO THE UNCHURCHED THINK?

Lifeway Research recently completed a survey to determine how/what the unchurched think, especially in terms of spiritual matters. This information is not pretty, but it is helpful if we are to ever have a positive influence on the unchurched world.

  • 72% think the church is full of hypocrites.
  • 71% say that Jesus makes a positive influence on a person's life.
  • 78% would be willing to listen to someone who wanted to share what he/she believes about Christianity.
  • 64% think the Christian religion is relevant and viable for today.
  • 72% believe that God (or a supreme being) actually exists.
  • Only 48% agree there is only one God as described in the Bible.
  • 61% believe the God of the Bible is no different from gods depicted in non-Christian religions.
  • Up from 17 percent in 2004, 22 percent of Americans say they never go to church – the highest ever recorded by the General Social Survey.
  • 79% of unchurched Americans think Christianity today is more about organized religion than about loving God and loving people.
  • 86% believe they can have a good relationship with God without being involved in church.
  • 44% say Christians get "on my nerves."
  • 89% have at least one close Christian friend.
  • While turned off by church, 78% are willing to listen to someone who wants to talk about their Christian beliefs. The number rose to 89% among adults ages 18-29.
  • 78% say they would enjoy an honest conversation with a friend about religious and spiritual beliefs, even if they disagreed.
  • Only 28% think Christians they know talk to them too much about their beliefs.

For me, the greatest takeaway from this survey is that the unchurched world is open to spiritual conversations. But we better make sure our lives are authentically Christian.

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