With this post I will have covered all six mega-trends in the church for the year 2010. Mega-trend number 3 has to do with how Christians prioritize their faith and their life’s endeavors. Christians like unbelievers are living in a busy world and time for faith activities take last place. The conclusion of the report is the following quote; “Because we continue to separate our spirituality from other dimensions of life through compartmentalization, a relatively superficial approach to faith has become a central means of optimizing our life experience”. Superficial faith is one of the things that this site has blogged on many times. I continue to say that superficial teaching will always produce superficial faith. Christians that are living a full life in Christ are Christians that are constantly drawing near to God through His word…there is no other way.
3. Growing numbers of people are less interested in spiritual principles and more desirous of learning pragmatic solutions for life.
When asked what matters most, teenagers prioritize education, career development, friendships, and travel. Faith is significant to them, but it takes a back seat to life accomplishments and is not necessarily perceived to affect their ability to achieve their dreams. Among adults the areas of growing importance are lifestyle comfort, success, and personal achievements. Those dimensions have risen at the expense of investment in both faith and family. The turbo-charged pace of society leaves people with little time for reflection. The deeper thinking that occurs typically relates to economic concerns or relational pressures. Spiritual practices like contemplation, solitude, silence, and simplicity are rare. (It is ironic that more than four out of five adults claim to live a simple life.) Practical to a fault, Americans consider survival in the present to be much more significant than eternal security and spiritual possibilities. Because we continue to separate our spirituality from other dimensions of life through compartmentalization, a relatively superficial approach to faith has become a central means of optimizing our life experience.
Published on Monday, December 27, 2010 @ 8:17 AM CDT