Christianity is no longer the default faith for Americans, according to half the population. And apparently Christians are leading the charge in that belief.
A Barna survey released back in January revealed that 50% of Americans agreed that “Christianity is no longer the faith that Americans automatically accept as their personal faith.” While that doesn’t really surprise me, what is surprising is that 64% of evangelical Christians agreed with that statement, more than any other group.
So Christianity is no longer a default. I don’t think that has to be a bad thing. What’s encouraging about this survey is the 74% of people who say their faith is becoming a more important source of moral guidance. Fewer people are defaulting to Christianity, but people are taking their faith more seriously. That’s a good thing.
This should serve as another reminder to the church that we can’t assume a cultural advantage and relax our efforts to spread the gospel.