Vancouver seems to me to be a post-Christian city with lots of Christians hiding in it. When I head off to church on a Sunday morning, I am aware that most fellow citizens are reading the newspaper, riding bikes, walking seawalls, snowshoeing the mountains, sipping lattes rather than worshipping, or maybe they are just doing a different kind of worshipping.
So how do you measure religion or irreligion when so many answer, “I am not religious, I am spiritual.” Barna Group (measuring religion in America) tracks 15 metrics related to faith, which may speak to the lack of Christian identity, belief and practice in your town or city, or even church or family.
Here they are:
1. Do not believe in God. 2. Identify as atheist or agnostic. 3. Disagree that faith is important in their lives. 4. Have not prayed to God (in the last year). 5. Have never made a commitment to Jesus. 6. Disagree the Bible is accurate. 7. Have not donated money to a church (in the last year). 8. Have not attended a Christian church (in the last year). 9. Agree that Jesus committed sins. 10. Do not feel a responsibility to “share their faith.” 11. Have not read the Bible (in the last week). 12. Have not volunteered at church (in the last week). 13. Have not attended Sunday school (in the last week). 14. Have not attended religious small group (in the last week). 15. Do not participate in a house church (in the last year).
[Note: For the Barna Group, post-Christian = meet at least 60% of the 15 factors (9 or more factors); and highly post-Christian = meet at least 80% of the 15 factors (12 or more factors).]
So what do you think about your church and family and community? Is your extended life lived in an post-Christian or highly post-Christian world?