A fascinating study conducted by Barna Group shows that self-identifying Christians who are churchgoers (one would hope that means fairly committed Christians) don’t really differ from non-churchgoers in most ways. With the obvious exception of the answers to the option “I would describe myself as deeply spiritual” (18% unchurched as opposed to 69% churched), the answers were surprisingly similar for both groups. Take a look at this snip of part of the Barna graphic from their “Sacred Roots”:
It’s a fascinating survey and would seem to lead to only two possible conclusions. Either we Christians are not as different as we think we are (though plenty of biblical verses suggest we should be), or many churchgoers are not much different because they are not really following the guidelines that make us different. We can only look at the study and ask ourselves where we fit in, and if our lives really are different from those who don’t have believing access to the word of God. If we see our lives are not that different, perhaps we can recognize the need for transformation.
As always, Barna Group is to be congratulated for providing meaningful studies that not only show us where we are, but also may sometimes point us in better directions. You can check out the Barna website here.