This morning, my pastor at Redeemer Presbyterian Church pointed out that when times are tough, people are more likely to seek the truth of God (I think that’s an accurate, if simple paraphrase, but very soon you can listen to the whole sermon here). I was interested, from a spiritual, sociological and historical perspective, what form that [yearning] has taken in America in recent generations.
Last December, the New York Times summarized that “Bad Times Draw Bigger Crowds to Churches.” I don’t know that it totally captured the core reality behind why church attendance seemed to rise (why human nature seeks a higher hope, for instance) , but it’s an interesting look at this trend.
It seems natural that church attendance would rise in economic down times, but it’s also disturbing. If God is real and always there, why do we wait until times are bad to seek Him?