1 in 4 Americans can’t think of recent positive contribution by Christians

From The Denver Post:


One in four Americans said they couldn’t think of a single positive societal contribution made by Christians in recent years, according to a nationwide survey released Monday.

On the positive side, almost one in five mentioned how U.S. Christians help poor and underprivileged people. Those under the age of 25 were most likely to reference such service. Among other findings, researchers noted that Evangelical Christians over age 25 and those who said they are “mostly conservative” on socio- political matters were least likely to list serving the poor as an important contribution.

“Overall,” researchers noted, “there was a more extensive and diverse list of complaints about Christians and their churches than there was of examples of the benefits they have provided to society.” At the top of the negatives list: One in five Americans, or 20 percent, said Christians have incited violence or hatred in the name of Jesus Christ. Of the non-Christians surveyed, 35 percent gave this response.

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Words of Jesus that come to mind:

“Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men. Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven” Matthew 5:13-16

4 comments on “1 in 4 Americans can’t think of recent positive contribution by Christians

  1. “1 in 4 Americans can’t think of recent positive contribution by Christians” – that’s probably a great thing in a glass 3/4 of the way full kind of way. Remember that 1 in 4 Americans probably can’t write a coherent sentence either and that doesn’t seem too bad LOL

    A study like this is really meaningless for a few different reasons. First and foremost is because the real Christians will always be hated by the world, even as Jesus was hated. The pseudo Christians will be hated simply because they are sleazeballs who transparently attempt to use Christianity to gain advantage,

    Either way, we’re not gonna be winning any popularity contests.

  2. I’ve been focusing a lot in my studies on what Christ wants from me, how to live my every day, walking around life for him. In Phil. 4:5 he says, “Let your gentleness be evident to ALL (emphasis mine). The Lord is near.” And then in Phil. 4:9, “Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me – PUT IT INTO PRACTICE (emphasis mine).” He has called us to be salt. And if the salt loses it flavor, what good is it? It breaks my heart to see this confirmation of what we already knew. We are not making a positive impact for Christ right now. We are not showing the world anything better than anyone else is offering. Christian is too often synonomous with radical, shouting, self-righteous, intolerance – and worse. That is nowhere near the image I have of Christ. And He is who I want to pattern my life after. Imagine if we all did. How can we not put helping the poor on the top of our priorites? Christ said if we did it to the least of them, we did it to him. He is our reason.

  3. Pat Palmer, I so agree with EVERYTHING you said. Thank you for such an encouraging comment as I’ve also been focusing a lot on what Christ wants for me, how to live my every day.
    Your last question: “How can we not put helping the poor on top of our priorities? Christ said if we did it to the least of them, we did it to Him” is a very telling observation and a subject very dear to my heart as we work with the impoverished children in Brazil and are finding it increasingly difficult to rouse the hearts of so many Christians (not all of course) to give even the smallest amount in support. My sadness is that the televangelists etc. seem to have no trouble filling their pockets for mansions and jets, something has truly gone badly wrong with the true gospel of Jesus Christ.

  4. This comment is for both Pat and Sylvia.

    I hope it carries a punch?

    It is left handed coming from a different point of view to what you wrote Pat and you affirmed Sylvia.

    It’s the story of a fisherman who had been married about 40 years. His son was in his 40’s and his grandson was newly married; he was about 25 years old. He had his own fishing business and had trained his son and now they were teaching the son/grandson how the business is done. This fishing business had been in this family for a few generations.

    They always got up very early before dawn to go fishing. It had been a stormy time fishing and they had caught their limits. They had birthed the boat and unloaded the catch into the appropriate freeze lockers and they were now heading home, walking and talking. They lived in a small fishing village somewhere in a very remote and rural area of New England so they only had to walk to their respective houses from the village docks to get home. The winds and rain had died down and there was a morning light rising and a calm in the air.

    The grandson said,

    my wife, love her so much, can’t wait to get home to hug her. She will just be getting up out of bed when I walk through the door!

    The son said,

    my wife, your mother, she will be waiting at the front door drinking a hot cup of coffee when I walk through the door!

    They walk along for a little while longer and both son and grandson asked about mom/grandma, what will she be doing when you walk through the door?

    The father/grandfather said,

    Grams, well most likely she will be looking out the kitchen window down the foot path to the front door, cleaning up the pots and pans in the sink she dirtied making me breakfast, which will be nicely laid out at the kitchen table. All I have to do is come in, take my hat and jacket off, hug and kiss my Queen, sit down and eat! She will be standing at the ready to clean up the kitchen table and the dirty dishes when I am ready to go into the den with a hot cup of coffee to sit down to read the Bible and pray to the Good Lord for His mercies! You know boys, His mercies? They are new every morning!

    Act 20:32 And now I commend you to God and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up and to give you the inheritance among all those who are sanctified.
    Act 20:33 I coveted no one’s silver or gold or apparel.
    Act 20:34 You yourselves know that these hands ministered to my necessities and to those who were with me.
    Act 20:35 In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.'”

    Just as an aside to those verses from Acts 20 and that fisherman’s story and to both of your responses to the 1 out of 4 American story, here is what we are called to do, nothing more, nothing less, leaving the rest up to the Good Lord to send His Holy Spirit to convict the unsaved of their sins and convince the saved that daily repentance and the forgiveness of sins is the only daily option in this life:::>

    Luk 24:44 Then he said to them, “These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you, that everything written about me in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms must be fulfilled.”
    Luk 24:45 Then he opened their minds to understand the Scriptures,
    Luk 24:46 and said to them, “Thus it is written, that the Christ should suffer and on the third day rise from the dead,
    Luk 24:47 and that repentance and forgiveness of sins should be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem.
    Luk 24:48 You are witnesses of these things.
    Luk 24:49 And behold, I am sending the promise of my Father upon you. But stay in the city until you are clothed with power from on high.”
    Luk 24:50 Then he led them out as far as Bethany, and lifting up his hands he blessed them.
    Luk 24:51 While he blessed them, he parted from them and was carried up into heaven.
    Luk 24:52 And they worshiped him and returned to Jerusalem with great joy,
    Luk 24:53 and were continually in the temple blessing God.

    Peter said it this way:

    1Pe 1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,
    1Pe 1:4 to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you,
    1Pe 1:5 who by God’s power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.

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