Born ‘into’ Christianity

When I read the statement below, I immediately thought of one quote in particular in the recent post American Christianity:

“America is emphatically a Christian nation, and has been from its inception! Seventy percent of her citizens identify themselves as Christian.” (Pat Boone)

Read this exchange between Rush Limbaugh and a caller on his program;  I’m afraid this represents a huge part of those who are included in that extremely bloated statistic of 70%:

CALLER: Yes. Could I ask another question, not related to this issue?

RUSH: By all means, since you’re here.

CALLER: Yes, sir.  I used to live down in Cape. I had met your dad on a couple occasions, and wondered if you have any knowledge about how your grandfather became a Christian. The reason I’m asking that is I knew that way back in the twenties and thirties when your grandfather was in that area, they had Billy Sunday revivals in Cape Girardeau, and you know Billy Sunday was kind of the predecessor of Billy Graham today.

RUSH: Yeah?

CALLER: I wondered if you knew anything about how he became a Christian?

RUSH: Born that way.

CALLER: (laughs)

RUSH: No, no.  Born and raised a Christian.

CALLER:  Yeah.

RUSH:  He was a Methodist through and through, was a standing member of the Centenary United Methodist Church. He was on the board for many, many years, great fundraiser and donor to the church and so forth, so I don’t remember him saying anything about Billy Sunday and whatever influence that Billy Sunday might have had on him. But I know that he was born into Christianity. He was just like I was, our whole family was born into Christianity. (link)

My mind staggers (and my heart grieves) at the sheer number of Americans who must believe like Rush, they are Christians because, 1) they, or in this case a family member, sat on a Church board, raised money (even for a good cause), and gave financially to the Church, or 2) they were from birth, born into Christianity.

Its not just Pat Boone who believes 70% of Americans are Christians, its many of the pollsters who for years have made similar claims.

Religious Tolerance: “The proportion of the [American] population that can be classified as Christian has declined from 86% in 1990 to 77% in 2001.” (ARIS Study)

Largest Religious Groups in the United States of America; Pew Research Council: “As of 2002, Christian 82%”—Top Ten ORGANIZED Religions in the United States: 2001, Christianity 76.5% — Year 2000 (Harris poll) Christianity, 71.7%”.

Globally, is this a Western phenomena? I have to believe it is. The real question is why….

There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews: The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him. Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb, and be born? Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. John 3:1-6

12 comments on “Born ‘into’ Christianity

  1. The weight of that upon my heart is absolutely crushing.

    God has to be so strong and so mighty to save the prodigal son and the older brother.

    He is the only one who can do it.

    God help us.

  2. yes Joe He is the only one who can do it, God choose us according to His own purpose and grace, we did not choose Him, we cannot be saved by belonging to a christian family, but when God calls us unto salvation, nothing can stop God!

    Matthew 3:9 And think not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to our father: for I say unto you, that God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham.

    2 Timothy 1:9 Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began,


  3. Read Timothy Kellar’s “The Prodigal God”. It spells it out so clearly. This an “A” typical response from many who call themselves Christians.

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  5. Is this mind set mainly found here in the west?

    Last night i thought about that…and the only other example i could come up, with where people believed they were secure in God based on nationality, were the religious leaders in Israel.

  6. You know, I might have given that kind of an answer … before I was saved. I grew up in churches and so I thought I was a Christian until I was about 19. Then, I came to have a real relationship with Christ, not just calling myself a Christian.

    What scares me is the number of dittohead Christians who could read this and still excuse it.

    • Me too Wickle, in fact im pretty sure if asked, i would have said i was a Christian.

      I don’t understand how Christians can excuse this either–“except” if they are in this category themselves.

  7. I don’t think the mindset is confined to the west. As many place that has been influenced by TBN.

    • So this type of mindset is found outside of the west Yemi?

      Do others believe they are Christians because of where they live or because of wrong teachings coming from TBN?

  8. This is the same Monty Pyton-esque mentality:

    But how do you KNOW he’s a Christian?

    …He looks like one!


  9. […] my political views changing – to apolitical –  as well). Also, it is significant that by his own words Rush Limbaugh cannot be considered to be a Christian of any sort, which makes it particularly distressing that so many of my politically conservative Christian […]

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