Oval Station Thought of the Day – secretlondon123
This month’s Future First from Brierly consultancy carries an article called Attitudes to Church and Clergy in Britain. In it, Clive Field, says,
‘In a recent article, based on public opinion polls, I examined the attitudes of British adults to Church and clergy since the 1960s, with reference to their perceived influence and degree of confidence or trust in them.’
He then goes on to share an interesting array of statistics of which one segment deserves mention.
Adequacy of answers given by the Church to modern problems
According to the research the church only adequately answers people’s spiritual needs 51% of the time. Problems and needs of the individual and problems of family life are only answered adequately 27% and 26% of the time and social problems facing our country only 20%.
I’m not sure the numbers alone tell us anything significant but there’s certainly an implication that church leaders aren’t able to communicate what the Bible has to say to modern British society. Though, I expect there’s also some research to be done into how many respondents didn’t receive the message they wanted from the church so gave a negative answer.
However, I think Christians have a responsibility to think through the various issues faced by society today and ask what the Bible has to say about it. We also have a responsibility to help others think through these things.
So, two resources to recommend.
1) Go on the LICC Toolbox course and learn how to engage with modern culture as a Christian. If you live near London you have no excuse not to.
2) Have a look at some of the material produced by Focus over the past few years, especially the video series that questions science and faith. A new series on the question of why God allows suffering is coming up – see a trailer below.