Just Statistics?

You know, the other day, I was thinking. Something most of us do. But this time, I was thinking of something which I thought was significant.

I was thinking…

You know how we always (usually) consider missionaries, pastors, and evangelists really “close” to God? They seem so in-tune with what God wants in their lives. That’s why we look up to them and go to them for spiritual guidance.

Until recently, I knew that I would never be that close to God. I wouldn’t ever be that “good” a Christian.

It’s true. Not everyone can be Billy Graham or a prominent leader in the church. That’s not always God’s plan for them. But they can be that close to God. And it should be our strongest desire — did you get that? — strongest desire to be that close to God. To be in constant communication.

While in World Religions at school, we were studying the statistics of the world’s religions — Christianity, Catholicism, Buddhism, Islam, Judaism, Hinduism; all of it — and some of the numbers were very discouraging to me.

From 1991 – 2001, Protestants were down in the world by 5.7%. No Religion was up by 3.9%.

Before 1961, 39.2% of all Canadian immigrants were Protestant. An equal amount were Catholic.

Between 1991 – 2001, 10.7% of all Canadian immigrants were Protestant. That’s a difference of 28.5%. What has happened in that space of 30 years?

Note that those last two statistics were from immigrants from other countries. Obviously, the Protestant Christian church isn’t as strong in other countries.

We need to change that. We can. How? By drawing closer to God. How do we do that? Pray. Read the Bible. Seek Him by putting Him first in your life. Allow Him to work through your life, using you to help others. Dedicate it all to God.

Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you as well.

Matthew 6:33 (KJV)



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