Baseball is a game of numbers. Oddly, blogging can be also.
Now, I’m not a statistics hound when it comes to Cerulean Sanctum. I’m not analyzing every bit of data generated by the operation of this blog. Still, from time to time, I do check stats because they reveal the heartfelt questions of people on the Internet.
One trend I’ve noticed this year is the increasing number of search hits coming into this blog from people looking for guidance on what to do when someone they know walks away from God. Recently, searches in that vein have been moving up from nowhere to be in the top two or three for the last few months.
This blog post from late 2013 has been getting more than its share of hits lately:
Say what you will about “lies, damned lies, and statistics,” but I see this as a warning couched in numbers.
Much has been made about the supposed weakening condition of Christianity in America. Some pundits who wish to diminish the handwringing have claimed that the folks who once attended church but now do not were not serious about their faith anyway.
But people tend to hang with others like themselves. “I can take it or leave it” Christians don’t tend to hang with the ardently devout. They befriend people who can take Christianity or leave it too. Those lukewarm folks are not the kind who care enough to scour the Internet for what to do about apostasy.
No, I think the people coming here to find out what to do about prodigal friends and family are more serious believers. They’re distraught that someone they know and love, someone like them who once was a serious believer too, has seriously flown the sacred coop.
Are we seeing the first trickles of a genuine falling away?
It’s too early to say yes, but we Christians need to be on our watch, noting the signs of folks ready to give up on God.
Some Christians are so concerned about losses to the flock, they’re invoking anew an old idea, which is being dubbed The Benedict Option. To generate some search engine stats of your own, Google that phrase and check out the results.
I’ll be writing more on The Benedict Option in days to come.
Until that time, consider someone you know who might have walked away from the Lord, and pray for him or her.