Almost 60% of Christians around the world feel their hectic schedule prevents them from spending more time with God. That's what Michael Zigarelli, a Charleston Southern professor, found after polling more than 20,000 Christians from 139 countries about the busyness of their lives and how it affects their relationship with God. His report, which concludes almost six years of data collection, echoes the obvious: yes, we're busy people; and yes, our hectic lives prevent us from spending more time with God. A few elements to Zigarelli's study are particularly fascinating.
**American Christians aren't necessarily the busiest. Japan, the Philippines, South Africa, the United Kingdom, Mexico and Indonesia all had a higher percentage of believers who stated they often or always rushed "from task to task."
**African Christians are most likely to claim their busyness gets in the way of developing their relationship with God. (Two out of three South African and Nigerian believers stated this.)
**The United States is the only country where women topped men in saying they were 1) almost always busy and 2) that busyness affected their spiritual walk.
While a whopping 72 percent of Christian lawyers said their overloaded pace of life interfered with growing in the Lord, almost two out of every three pastors made the same claim.
A Pastor, Marcus Yoars, commenting on the survey concluded: "We are far too busy and we don't need statistics to tell us that. Of all people, we must find a way to place the Lord above every urgent need, pressing appointment, or desperate cry. The Bible is explicit in stating that as pastors and spiritual leaders, our standards are higher. Virtually everything we do stems from a God-given desire to minister. That's good. But the greater truth is, how can we truly minister without first being ministered to by God and receiving His empowerment? We must place Him above all."
Source: ASSIST News Service
Majority of Christians Say Busyness Hinders Their Relationship with God
Monday, 11 August 2008, 7:47 (EST)