But don’t take my word for it. I am not a religious expert. Longtime Southern Baptist pastor Michael Catt is. He is the pastor of Sherwood Baptist Church in Georgia. It is the church that is responsible for the Kendrick Brothers films and their series of films, including “Facing the Giants”, “Fireproof”, “Courageous” and “Overcomer”.
This week, Catt said, “We will not reach the next generation or build a diverse, politically driven congregation, inside or outside the church. This weekend should remind us that religious and government politicians joined together to put Jesus on the cross.
From 1940 to 2000, the percentage of Americans who claimed to belong to a church did not change much. In 1940, Gallup discovered that 73% of Americans were members of a place of worship. This number surpassed 75% just after World War II and hovered between a few points and 70% until 2000. It is hard not to see a generational impact on the statistics as this number has declined dramatically almost every year since. 2000.
I don’t know where the bottom is. I grew up in the front row of a Baptist church in small town southern Oklahoma. My mother played the organ. My father was a deacon. We even cleaned up the church on Saturdays as part of my dad’s side work with a janitorial company. I was in church all the time. I am the only man in my family who is not an ordained minister.