Two bits of background: 1. Been reading here and there about how this generation or that generation is dropping out of church in droves. 2. Encountered a song snippet the other day that basically had a guy breathily moaning that he didn't want a God to pledge allegiance to or a God to learn theology from, but a God he could "just fall in love with." Sounded like a one night stand song that hadn't sold so had a tiny rewrite and voila--Christian music. Let's not bash the song--that isn't fair. I only heard a snippet before I had to go. Perhaps if I had heard the whole song I would love it and it would have been a good keeper. My beef is with the attitude expressed by the snippet ONLY. So here is my question: it got me thinking about back in the day when in some parts of the country it was just assumed that by 11-15 or so you would go forward, make a profession of faith, get baptized, and join the local Baptist church. Unfortunately many often walked out of church soon after. (Not all. For many it was the real deal and they led long lives of service to God.) But I'm wondering if maybe this decline in the various church organizations might not be a good thing directly from the hand of God? Might it be we have so watered things down folks are "in" the church but not "of" it? If our entertainment worship or friendship evangelism or our pragmatic do-whatever-it-takes-to-get-them-in-the-door-gotta-be-relevant style isn't producing people really sold out to God (and I DID say IF) wouldn't it be better for God to slam the door shut, let us clean our own house so to speak, and then move out in service? I'm thinking of back in the early times in this country and the "half-covenanters" and wondering if we aren't back there today in a sense? Are we misleading folks into thinking they can have Jesus but keep the world and be popular in it also? Or am I all wet? What think ye?