- 51% definitely believe in a ‘divine entity’ (though 6% think there are multiple ones)
- 18% don’t believe in a god of any kind
- 17% just aren't sure about their belief in any god
- 41% believe in human evolution to explain how we got here
- 28% believe in creationism; the universe is the work of a Creator
These are stark figures, and my guess is that they are generally accurate. I am not sure exactly what to do with them. These numbers can be taken as a punch in the gut, or a firm slap on the behind pushing th Church back out into the world to witness to the love of God and the work of Christ. Donald Miller, a thinker and writer, drills down even deeper amongst tat first group at 45% when he says, "the very scary thing about religion, to me, is that people actually believe God is who they think He is. By that I mean they have Him all figured out, mapped out..." and placed neatly on a shelf in a category (page 20). This makes the poll results even more stark.
What can we say to all of this in light of the Easter we have just celebrated, again? Lots! We believe in the miracle that has happened in our lives - we have been rescued from lives that were perishing to lives that are abundant and eternal. We worship the One True God, who did create heaven and earth, and continues to work to redeem all of Creation for His amazing glory. Our gathering for worship is truly a counter-cultural practice; we are setting ourselves apart.