For the next two weeks, I'd like to share with you some interesting statistics (yes - statistics can be interesting) related to cultural and religious research. As I looked at the different stats, several questions went through my mind. I want to share some of the research with you as well as the questions that went through my mind as I was reading. My questions will be bold.
World population is over 7 billion people and growing at over 80 million per year (Population Media Center)
Will all of those people be reached or have a chance to hear the Gospel before Christ's return?
Facebook has 1 billion monthly active users (Facebook)
Don't these users see this creates loneliness and isolation?
If the world were 100 people... (100people.org)
33 Christians, 22 Muslims, 14 Hindus, 7 Buddists
77 people would have a place to shelter them from the wind & rain, but 23 would not
1 would be dying of starvation, 15 would be undernourished, 21 would be overweight
48 would live on less than $2 USD per day
Should I not thank God for my job?
87 would have access to safe drinking water, 13 would use improved water
UNITED STATES STATISTICS
Over 1 million abortions each year (abort73.org)
What does this sanctity of life mean to most Americans today?
Average household debt in the US has now reached a level of 136% of average household income
Over the last decade, the number of Americans without health insurance has risen from about 38 million to about 52 million
Total US credit card debt is more than 8 times larger than it was 30 years ago
Americans now owe more than $904 billion on student loans, which is a new all-time record high
1.5 million Americans filed for bankruptcy in 2010
Am I stiving to be a trustworthy steward?
WE'RE NUMBER 1! USA! (endoftheamericandream.com)
Highest incarceration rate and the largest total prison population
Highest divorce rate in the world
Highest teen pregnancy rate
More school shootings
Highest child abuse death rate
Produces more pornography
Gets more plastic surgery
What has happened to the values we once were willing to die for?
How do these statistics make you feel? What part do you think the church plays in these things?
God bless you,
P.S. Last week I wrote about the things no visitor wants to hear from a church. I asked you to send me your ideas to share with others and here they are:
Why are you in church if you don't believe in God?
How could you not believe in God?
I'm so sorry, but you're going to hell!