By Christy Barritt
Online Evangelism Producing Results
According to a recent study by Global Media Outreach, online evangelism is working and producing disciples for Christ.
The study revealed that more than half of the people who made decisions for Jesus through the Internet then shared their faith with others.
Thirty-four percent read their Bibles daily and nearly half prayed for at least 10 minutes a day.
Global Media Outreach is a global ministry that presents the gospel online through websites. They have trained online missionaries who respond to questions asked by seekers through e-mail.
The ministry aims to stress not only evangelism, but discipleship.
In 2010 alone, more than 15 million people indicated that they made a decision for Christ through GMO.
Pro-Gay Agenda Now in Force in California Schools
At the start of 2012, California’s law that mandated public schools to teach about the contributions of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Americans went into affect.
The Fair, Accurate, Inclusive, and Respectful Ed-ucation Act, also known as Senate Bill 48, made California the first state to make gay history in public schools mandatory.
Randy Thomasson, president of SaveCalifornia.com, said in a statement, “Under SB 48, homosexual-bisexual-transsexual role models are now mandatory in every public school, for every child, behind the backs of parents.”
As part of the law, textbooks and instructional materials must positively promote LGBT Americans’ contributions to society.
Thomasson is encouraging parents of public school children in California to make alternative education plans.
“Now that 2012 is here, the only way to protect children from becoming sexually confused and academically stunted is to enroll them in a solid church school or to do homeschooling,” said Thomasson.
Number of Married Adults Hits Record Low
The number of adults in the United States now married is at a record low—barely half, according to new analysis by Pew Research.
The median age for a first marriage for brides is 26.5—the highest ever—and for grooms, 28.7.
In 1960, 72 percent of all adults ages 18 and older were married; today just 51 percent are. This is due, in part, to people cohabitating before marriage.
Pew Research analysis also found that the number of new marriages in the U.S. declined by five percent between 2009 and 2010.
Another study by researchers at Bowling Green State University found that 61 percent of people who get married by the age of 25 are cohabitating first—especially Caucasians.
Religious Americans Are Tech-Savvy
Americans who are members of religious groups are just as likely to use the Internet, have residential broadband services, use cell phones, and send texts. They’re also just as active on social networking sites.
This information comes from a new report from the Pew Research Center’s Internet and American Life Project. The report debunks preconceived notions held by some that religious Americans are older and traditionally set in their ways. The study was conducted among 2,300 Americans who were questioned about the role of technology in their lives.
Jim Jansen, a senior fellow at the Pew Internet Project, said in the report, “Some analysts have been concerned that those who have active spiritual lives might not be as engaged with the secular world. We see the opposite. Those who are active in religious groups seem to be joiners.”
Christy Barritt is an award-winning author, freelance writer, and speaker living in Chesapeake, Virginia. She and her husband Scott have two sons.