What Makes My Heart Beat

What drives me and my thoughts on this blog?

This Christmas I finally got around to buying the book unChristian by David Kinnaman and Gabe Lyons.  I’ve been following this work for a while and even got to hear Gabe speak last year.

UnChristian discusses what my generation (ages 16-29) believes about Christians.  These are my friends, the people I hang out with and talk to.

I’ll run down the research really quickly.  (By the way, you can access this at www.unchristian.com/downloads/)

anti-homosexual……………………………………………..91%

judgmental……………………………………………………87%

hypocritical………………………………………………….85%

teaches same basic idea as other religions…………..82%

old-fashioned…………………………………………………78%

has good values and principles………………………….76%

too involved in politics…………………………………….75%

out of touch with reality…………………………………..72%

Those are the top eight.  As you can see it takes six steps to get to something positive (has good values).  After this other perceptions are insensitive to others, boring, not accepting of other faiths, and confusing.

The most common beliefs about Christians have to do with what they’re against or our attitudes.  What does this teach us about what needs to change?

It’s easy to brush it off.  After all doesn’t the Bible tell us we will be scorned and the way is narrow?  Isn’t the world just going to hell these days?  Plus we might want to assume that most of these are just stereotypes from a world influenced by media, other philosophies, and culture.

That’s the most damning thing in the research.  Of those surveyed the ” vast majority  . . . have been to churches before; most have attended at least one church for several months; and nearly nine out of every ten say they know Christians personally, having about five friends who are believers.” (emphasis mine)

These beliefs did not occur in a vacuum;  they come from experience.  That puts a lump in my throat and makes my heart beat out of my chest.

This matters.  This needs to change.  Why can’t the first things to come to people’s mind be love and grace?

Do you think this needs to change?

Does this matter?

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2 Responses

  1. Stephen, thanks for posting about unchristian. Glad you got to hear Gabe do a talk on the book. He’s great. Keep plugging away at the things you’re doing, communicating about the good news! Happy New Year. – David Kinnaman

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