Some of you may have heard about the new survey on religion in America that the Pew Forum did. They interviewed a little more than 35,000 people about their religion, what religion or denominational group people identify with. 26% of Americans identify themselves as Evangelical. Protestants as a whole are hanging on to a majority with 51%, but it is on a slow decline. A big group that according to researchers is growing in size is those who do not feel like they belong to any group. The atheist blogs I read are particularly happy about this development, even though they still only represent a small group. You can go and look at all the results from the survey by pressing this link.
But one part of the survey was also interesting, and that is the marriage situation of those who responded. Check out this link to see the complete table of results. The results show that among those that answered the survey, no more than 19% of any one group had been divorced. Two groups, the categories labeled New Age and Other Christian both came in at 19%. The group with the lowest rate of divorce were the Hindus at 5% followed by the Greek Orthodox with 6%. The survey shows that 13% of the Evangelicals who took the survey had been divorced, which, unfortunately is a higher percentage than the Catholics (12%), the Mormons (9%), Jewish groups (9%), Muslims (9%), Buddhists (12%), Atheists (10%), and the population as a whole (12%).
I just take information like this as a reminder of how important it is for me to make my family a priority. The gospel can and should make a difference in my relationships with everyone, and especially with my family. Let’s continue to pray for our families in these days, when there are so many stresses and concerns that can pull families apart. And may the Lord Jesus Christ be glorified in our lives.