Religious Nones are Growing. Concerned?

Does it concern you that the category of Religious Nones in the US is growing? Religious Nones include people who do not identify with a religious group, are not religiously active, and who have little or no religious commitment. If interested, read more about Religious Nones in this Pew Research article.

Again, does it concern you that Religious Nones are growing? That might depend on if you have loved ones like that. Religious Nones are not only atheists and agnostics, they also include plenty of people who are not necessarily anti-religious. They are just at a place in their lives where they don’t feel a need to having a personal faith in God, or they are confused enough by things in life or in the world that they don’t give allegiance to God. Religious Nones are much more common in this Post Modern Age.

Here’s good news if you are concerned: similar to what I wrote in my first post, I believe every person is specially made in the image of God (Genesis 1:27). They are precious for that profound reason, they have the capacity to relate to God, and they are deeply desired by God who wants them to know Him—“This is good and pleases God our Savior, who wants everyone to be saved and to understand the truth” (2 Timothy 2:3-4). So, I believe the kind of Peace that only God can bring, is absolutely Within every person’s Reach.

But here’s what I’m learning as I become better acquainted with Religious Nones, and this may be challenging for Christians called to reach out (First Post–Get In Position to Communicate Faith.). Religious Nones don’t like easily-handed-out, one-and-done answers to big questions. Many of them have a distaste toward what they believe are right-leaning, typical-Christian views on issues like climate change, immigration policies, and care for the poor. I’m just saying, as one who is of the Church. But care? Yes, many do. I have a couple of friends who are atheist, and they care much about me, and about those who are under-served or exploited, and they care about the world. They, like other Religious Nones, look for purpose and fulfillment.

I hope this helps as we go forward in life, sometimes scratching our heads in how to make a real difference.