A recent Gallup poll shows that 81% of Americans today rate the overall state of moral values in our country as poor or fair (45% and 36% respectively). And 77% of American's believe America's moral values are getting worse.
At the church where I pastor, I have been asked, "Pastor, what is this world coming to?" Actually, Christians for years have been decrying the moral decline in America for years. More than 25 years ago I had a teacher, who in his 60s, quoted his elementary school teacher saying, "If Jesus doesn't come back soon, He will have to apologize to Sodom and Gomorrah!"
At present, more than 40 actors, media, or political personalities have been accused of sexual misconduct in 2017. The majority of that number being accused just since October. Even last week, the news of the firing of an NBC morning show anchor for misconduct made the rounds through the media outlets, and he wasn't the only surprise firing that happened either!
I am finally publishing the results of my own, unscientific survey on reasons why the Adventist church sometimes feels less evangelistic today. The history of this comes from reading an article from Thom Rainier where he asked why churches aren't as evangelistic as they once were. I wanted to know what Adventists thought about these responses and others. At the bottom are 14 of the top reasons Rainier got in his Twitter survey, and how they resonated with those who follow my blog. I've taken four of the statements that stood out to me and highlighted them first. While some results didn't surprise me, others were rather astonishing. I'd be interested in your thoughts and comments after reading them.
Pastor Ben is a pastor, marriage counselor, and international lecturer on Bible prophecy for more than 18 years. His lectures and preaching appointments have taken him to Europe, Australia, and Central America. He currently serves as the Lead Pastor for the South Tacoma Adventist Fellowship in Tacoma, WA.