Mike Huckabee, April 18, 2017

Just before Easter, a new survey was released on Americans’ attitudes about God and Jesus. The full results are at the link, and it’s well worth reading, although I warn you that it might spark some passionate arguments. The vast majority of Americans believe that Jesus was a real figure in history, and a large majority have made a commitment to Christ that they say is important in their lives. But fewer than half believe that Jesus was God living among humans. This seems to be part of a rising trend of “cafeteria Christianity,” as seen in other surveys that showed many Americans say they believe in God but don’t believe in attending church, or one in four Britons who self-identify as Christians say they don’t believe the Resurrection really happened.

One prominent British theologian responded that people who claim to be Christians but who don’t believe in the Resurrection and never go near a church can’t really be Christians. That will probably upset a lot of people, but the Bible does make it clear repeatedly that faith we tailor to our own whims is not really faith at all. For example, from Revelations: “So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth.” And from 2 Timothy: “For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions.”

And this would be your cue to go to the comments section…