Weather is regional; “dark days” are, too. Things may not be as dark as they seem.
3 A stone is heavy, and sand is weighty, but a fool’s provocation [insistence that he is right when he is wrong] is heavier than both.
I found out an astonishing statistic the other day and I want to share it with you. Here it is: Over the last 100 years, Christianity in the world has quadrupled. Yes, quadrupled. The number of Christians went from 600 million in 1910 to 2.5 billion in 2019. These statistics include Protestants, Catholics and Orthodox as well as smaller faith groups. The breakdown of each, including geographical locations, is at
There is another statistic given in that report that is concerning, “Today in the United States, the number of adults who identify as Christians has dropped from 78% in 2010 to 65% at present (updated April 16, 2020).“ That’s 13% in 10 years! I hear talk that America is headed toward being a post-Christian nation.
There are two observations I see in these two statistics.
- The statistic concerning America is definitely a sign of the times, but those times may really be good for true Jesus followers. When Christianity is not culturally accepted anymore will be when true Christianity is revealed. If being a Christ-follower is unpopular or even illegal, then our churches (albeit smaller fellowships) will be filled with sold-out believers who love Jesus and are willing to follow Him no matter what.
- The statistic concerning the number of Christians in the world relieves my fears of these being “dark days.” It may be somewhat darker where we live than what it used to be, but overall the Gospel of Jesus Christ is being shared and people are coming to Christ all over the world!
So, I am encouraged by these statistics. I believe that our Great Commission to make disciples and to teach them all that Jesus commanded is still relevant and important. Let’s be about the Father’s business, shall we?
Abba, thank you that you are working in our world just like you said you would. I am encouraged by the numbers of people who are coming into your kingdom. I want to be a part of what you are doing. Please lead me to join you in your work. Let’s make more Christ-followers together. Amen.