Sunday, November 9, 2014


I've mentioned on this blog before that I believe one of the greatest threats to our faith is not other religions.  It is not naysayers. 

It is indifference.

Indifference is one of the saddest things I see happening around us today.  There is no passion for our Lord.  No fervent belief and evangelization.  No prioritization of God's will over our own.

The world is simply going about on its own earthly way.

Take, for example, this very sad article I came across the other day.

It was entitled Atheist scientist claims religion will be gone in a generation.

The article quotes a scientist who said "Change is always a generation away.  So if we can plant the seeds of doubt in our children, religion will go away in our generation... And that is what I think we have an obligation to do."

I must admit, I cringed when I read the word "obligation".  What a horrible thought.  But that was not the part that scared me, especially after the article mentions that countries have tried in the past to eradicate religion ... only to watch it come back stronger. 

The part that scared me most was the statistic that 25 years ago, only 5 percent of the U.S. population identified themselves as non-religious.  Today, that number is up to 20 percent.  However, if you isolate people between the ages of 18-25, that number jumps to 30 percent.

Thirty percent. 

That number isn't because someone mandated an end to religion. It is not because someone felt an obligation.

In my opinion, it is because society is becoming indifferent.

And not enough people are trying to change that.

God Bless you, and please pray for the conversion of many.


Victor S E Moubarak said...

Sadly, Michael, I think that scientist is probably right. I see signs of indifference, and ignorance, every day in my country. Here regular going to church is only about 5% of the population.

Often on TV and radio you see people who can, and do, influence others, especially the young, proudly proclaiming that they don't believe in God; or "In a bearded old man sitting up there on a clouds" as I heard lately.

The audience laughs, but the message is left there in vulnerable minds, that to believe is not fashionable, it is not modern, and most of all it is somewhat stupid and naive.

Some politicians as well as celebrities of all kind make it known widely they don't believe in God.

A number of businesses have forbidden/discouraged religious discussions or wearing symbols like a Crucifix, at work.

Christianity is in retreat over here.

Prayers needed.

God bless.

Colleen said...

It is scary, as Victor said. Evangelization is becoming more and more important. And important in our own families too! I am in the minority of family members who attend church on any regular basis.
Scary and very very sad.

PS. Thank you for your note on my blog about my sister and for your prayers,

Shirley said...

Yes we have to lead by example. We also must not remain silent, although it is much easier to just pray for others than it is to step up and publicly defend our faith!

Michael said...

Victor, your commentary on life in the UK makes me very sad. I see a lot of similarities over here. Many are proud to admit they are no longer religious. And many that are seem to spend there time publicly talking about what we need to change about our religion. I join you in prayer.

Colleen, you raise a really good point. Evangelization needs to start at home!

Shirley, thank you for the motivation!

God bless all of you, and thank you for taking the time to post a comment!