A reader writes:
Your reader has stumbled accidentally upon a sort of Christianity practiced by most of the people I know who claim to be so; it saddens me that he thinks it's not present in the US. Perhaps if he started actively looking for it, he'd find more people living their faith around here than he expects to.I can't back up this assertion with figures and statistic, but is it unreasonable to assume that a more private, personal faith is by its nature less noticeable than a publicly asserted one? Particularly to someone who's turned off of even discussions of Christianity in public forums, where political and social issues are deemed newsworthy by an increasingly conflict-addicted media? Surely, evangelism and controversial political engagement is more media-friendly than the quiet business of getting on with attempts at charity, mercy and love. Good works don't make headlines, and people serious about living like Christians don't spend a lot of time on camera or in front of microphones. He should go track down some more Christians who aren't spending all their time telling people how Christian they are, and see what they're up to.