Some of you may be interested in the latest Barna Group article, Survey Finds Lots of Spiritual Dialogue But Not Much Change, which concludes:
“The explosion of communications devices and technology in the past decade has substantially expanded the amount of public dialogue related to all kinds of issues, including religion. Yet, even though Americans spend lots of time discussing and debating religious beliefs and spiritual practices, a new survey by The Barna Group shows that all of that interaction has translated into very little change in people’s faith life.”
I know that on one level this is unsurprising, as it is well known that most people make faith decisions before adulthood, but it’s still an important prompt for us to think about what we’re doing.
Of course there were some who’s faith increased or decreased, which brings me to this comment:
“Among those whose appreciation of or respect for churches declined, a majority specified the sexual abuse scandals within the Catholic church as the dominant factor in their change of heart.”
Again, not a huge surprise, but it prompts me to ask: how can we hold our leaders more accountable? I personally advocate zero tollerance.