Crap like this happens because we don’t take discipleship as seriously as church attendance.
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Its a long article and there are few surprises – which ought to disturb us in itself – but here are a few quotes to whet your appetite:
Scandalous behavior is rapidly destroying American Christianity. By their daily activity, most "Christians" regularly commit treason. With their mouths they claim that Jesus is Lord, but with their actions they demonstrate allegiance to money, sex, and self-fulfillment.
Today’s evangelicalism, Wolfe says, exhibits "so strong a desire to copy the culture of hotel chains and popular music that it loses what religious distinctiveness it once had." Wolfe argues, "The truth is there is increasingly little difference between an essentially secular activity like the popular entertainment industry and the bring-’em-in-at-any-cost efforts of evangelical megachurches."
"American Christianity has largely failed since the middle of the twentieth century," Barna concludes, "because Jesus’ modern-day disciples do not act like Jesus."
Pretty damning stuff, but if we want to see change then we need to start by facing the brutal facts (to quote Jim Collins)
Found via Steve