Thursday, April 05, 2007

Your Best Life Now

This post actually has nothing to do with the book by Joel Olsteen. It has to do with what is important to people.

Since I can remember, the idea of evangelism meant 2 things. Billy Graham Crusade and/or Tracts. Having a Baptist background, the tracts that we used began with some form of the question "if you died tonight do you know where you would spend eternity?" Our focus was on the "after death" part of life.

As I began talking to and studing French people I began to realize that their answer to those questions would be "who cares?" They are much more concerned with there current life situation than what might happen when they die.

Apparently, postmodern Europeans are not the only ones who think this way. Ed Stetzer and NAMB have some pretty interesting research. Check this out:

The standard evangelistic approach for several decades has begun with the question, "If you were to die today do you know for sure you would go to heaven?" I must confess, I typically do not use this approach because I have assumed that there are few people outside of hospital beds or foxholes actually asking the question. My assumption was that our survey would prove that to be the case. I was wrong.

Many people are wondering about their eternal destiny.

  • One of every 5 respondents said they wonder daily about the certainty of going to heaven.
  • Another 13 percent think about this weekly, 12 percent monthly, and 9 percent annually.
  • Only 44 percent, 4 out of 9, said they never wonder about this.

Interesting numbers, indeed. But, are there other questions that people are asking?

In the interviews, we also asked "How often do you wonder, 'How can I find more meaning and purpose in my life?'"

  • Remarkably, almost 1 of every 3 respondents wonders about this question daily.
  • Another 17 percent contemplate this weekly, 13 percent monthly, and 10 percent yearly.
  • Half of those interviewed wonder about how to find more meaning in their life at least once a week.
  • Seems that what we have here is a question very relevant to our culture.
  • In fact, only 26 percent, about 1 in 4, said they never wonder how to have more meaning or purpose.

Read more at the NAMB site.

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