Hope everyone’s New Year is off to a good start!
I’ve been having this issue on my mind for about a month. I’ve seen so many articles and heard many stories in the news about church attendance getting lower. Especially with my generation and the generation after mine. With the churches I’ve visited over the last few years, quite a few of them are discouraged with the dwindling numbers. At some places, my mere presence gives some of them hope. Another thing that gets them down as well is the direction society is going. I’ve heard people get upset over certain people and organizations not holding up their previous religious standards. The fear of Christians becoming a minority is coming and there are fewer places for “refuge”. Some I’ve talked to have so much fear and dread over this.
I wish my answer here was something as simple as stop being fearful, but that is not a simple thing to do at all. Our fear is a part of human nature. However, my encouragement is gratitude and love for God. Gratitude in the sense that we can still assemble freely just about anywhere in the US. Gratitude for freedom of speech that can allow us to share God’s message. Focusing on love for God drives at any fear (1 John 4:18). His love will sustain you no matter what passes and no matter what happens to the body. May your love for Him continue to grow to assuage your fears.
Also, know this, no matter how low the number of church attendance gets, God will never let His Love and mission be snuffed out. He is all powerful! There is no entity alive that can shut Him down. Ever. My generation and the generation after mine may be lower in number in attendance but we still exist and I’m confident we will still press on with what God has planned for us. To add to this, think of the other countries in the world that have executed Christians and have outlawed Christianity. Yet, these people still spread the gospel and meet where they can, because of the hope they have.
If Jesus worked with 5 small loaves of bread and two fish to feed 5,000 people (and that number wasn’t including women and children in the Bible) I’m pretty sure He can work with the number we are now in the US. Hope this encourages you all! Love to my brothers and sisters near and far!😘❤