Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Namaste: the Lost and the Found

You probably already know about this site, but I'm kinda slow. A friend recently told me about the Doc Jensen. In terms of theories and speculation, it outshines the best efforts of any pretrib millenialist, living or dead. It's actually quite entertaining. Anyway, being a "Lost" fan, and being that tonight was a repeat of last week's show, I stopped by tonight to check out what the good Doc had to say.

One of his offerings was the above video. I dare you to watch it all the way to the end. Once you do, please tell me:

1) how many people do you think have watched this video?
2) How many of us watching were Christians? How many were not?
3) How many of us could give a coherent, well thought- out response to this video, a la 1 Peter 3:15?
4) How many of us will use it as an occasion to share that response with those around us who do not know Jesus Christ?

Now combine this with the results of the American Religious Identification Survey 2008:

"The percentage of Americans claiming no religion, which jumped from 8.2 in1990 to 14.2 in 2001, has now increased to 15 percent...

According to Dan Whitmarsh on Abet, the discussion list for Covenant clergy,

In sum, the findings show or lead to the conclusion that:
1) Religion and Christianity are on the decline in the US;
2) Protestantism is doing worse than Catholicism due to Catholic immigrants;
3) Mormonism is keeping up with population growth, and Islam and NewAge/Wicca are exceeding it;
4) Atheism, while still a small percentage of the population, is on the rise; and
5) "Spirituality,"--or non-organized belief in God--is still vibrant in the US.

It is finding no. 5 that engages me, and makes me think that all is not lost if we can use Lost to reach the lost.

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