Anyway, Kimball said something in the intro of his book that has not left my mind ever since, and I want to share it to maybe get your brainwaves a thinking and your mouths a talking to me. This statement seems almost prophetic, and that's a scary thing.
"We are living in an increasingly 'post-Christian' culture. America once was more of a 'Christian nation' who influences and values were aligned with Judeo-Christianity values and ethics. Even most atheists had a good sense of the story line of the Bible and its main characters, and usually respected the Bible and Christian pastors..."
...but now, "Emerging generations don't have one God as the predominant God to worship. Rather, they are open to all types of faiths, including new mixtures of religions...Most church leaders now actually feel embarrassed to tell people they are pastors...Some people aren't even comfortable saying they are a Christian but come up with new terms such as 'Christ-Follower' to avoid negative and distorted associations..."
..."I heard once someone explain that the church in America is not above what happened in Europe. Europeans nations have truly become post-Christian nations. Their great cathedrals and church buildings once were filled with people, but now they sit almost empty on Sunday mornings and serve as tourist attractions. Far more people go through them sightseeing than actually worship there. We shouldn't think that we're above such a thing happening here. With the increasing dropout rate of people in emerging generations, it could be our destiny that in thirty or forty years, all of our recently constructed megachurch buildings, which are now filled with people, will end up as virtually empty tourist attractions. I bet in Europe they never guessed that was their future, and we shouldn't be so overly confident that is won't happen here too."