A Christian evangelical social research company recently surveyed young adult non-Christians on their attitudes toward Christianity.
- 91% said Christians are anti-gay
- 87 % said Christians are judgmental
- 85%, said they’re hypocritical
- 78 % said they’re old fashioned
- 72% said they’re out of touch with reality
- 70% said they’re insensitive to others
- 75% said Christians are too involved in politics, but the politics they’re talking about are not the politics of peacemaking or justice-making. They’re talking about the anti-politics: anti-abortion, anti-gay-rights, anti-science.
No wonder people are spiritual but not religious!
Presbyterian pastor and social worker N. Graham Standish observes that the spiritual but not religious—he calls them SBNR for short—share several attributes:
- they are “skeptical of hard and fast theological constructs about God.” …they “tend to be post-modern, and thus are extremely suspicious of any ultimate truth claims.”
- the SBNR are willing to listen to all sides . . . “they want to consider religious and theological beliefs from a variety of perspectives.”
- they want to experience what’s true rather than be told what is true. . . . “they want to learn truth by touching it, smelling it, and tasting it.”
- “SBNR folks tend to be sensitive to any form of hypocrisy, especially moralizing hypocrisy. When they see priest or pastor scandals in the face of the church’s obsession with homosexuality, they get turned off.”
- they are cautious about being identified too much with a religion. They see the “practice of religion as inhibiting the pursuit of the spiritual . . . .”
Do you know anybody who fits this SBNR description? Sounds like us! Come join us, as the power of the Holy Spirit continues transforming us in the ways of life!
Also, Sunday June 7th – we celebrate our grads of all ages, including a procession to pomp and circumstance! Let us know who you are!
Anyone up for a summer barbecue and family picnic on an upcoming Sunday after church? Let me know!!
Peace, Pastor Laurie