While nominal Christians generally agree with practicing Protestant Christians that the Bible is sacred with 90% to 96% respectively holding that view, they are divided on much more when it comes to using the Bible to guide their lives. For instance, 84% of practicing Protestant Christians strongly agree that the Bible has everything a person needs to lead a meaningful life, only 32% of nominal Christians agree.
Why this story matters for church leaders:
The good news is that nominal Christians retain a reverence for the Bible, but the bad news is that they disagree about how useful and relevant it is.
- Contemporary Problems in an Ancient Book: The disconnect with the relevance of the Bible will be a challenge for church leaders who seek to make the teachings of Jesus connect with contemporary issues.
- A Political Solution? Christians tend to believe that the Bible will make politicians more civil, but nominal Christians tend to disagree. Are there cases where their suspicion has been warranted?
- Is the Problem Deeper Than the Bible? While the Bible is certainly important, are there other issues or stories that make nominal Christians less likely to practice their faith?
How does this story relate to the people in your community? Are there a lot of nominal Christians or do you know more agnostics in your area?
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