I’ve spoken in the past about the number and variety of churches in my vicinity, in fact, I know I’ve mentioned that I have a Christian church right next to a Muslim mosque. That’s no longer the case though, the Christian church has gone out of business and it looks like the mosque is right behind them.
I’ve realized for a while that the landscaping at the church was woefully neglected but today I saw “For Sale” signs out, apparently they’re done. I went looking online for the church to see if they had just moved and apparently, they’re now officially out of business. The mosque, who had a big blue sign out front, has moved the sign behind some trees, such that if you didn’t know to look for it, you’d never realize that the building, which is little more than a house with a large parking lot, was really a place of worship. I haven’t paid a lot of attention but I can’t tell you the last time I saw more than one or two cars in their parking lot. Maybe they’re defunct too.
I’ve also mentioned that there was a large sign announcing the new construction of a Korean Seventh Day Adventist church on my street (it’s a very long street), but that’s gone now too. Likewise, I can’t find any record of the church that was supposedly moving there to be in existence at all.
This prompted me to look online for churches for sale in my town. Now I don’t live in a huge metropolis but there are tons of churches here, literally at least one on every major street. What I found was surprising to say the least. I found seven churches on the auction block. There was a Catholic church, a Seventh Day Adventist church (not the one above), A Restoration-Covenant church, a Church of Christ, something called “Family Christian”, another one called “Trinity Church”, and one I couldn’t identify the specific sect. Wait, if I include the church in the picture, that makes 8 churches since it’s not listed among the ones I found online ads for. The local Berean bookstore is out of business too and up for sale. Expanding this to just local cities, the number expands to 67 churches for sale. That’s just in cities I can drive to in 15 minutes or less.
Wow. I knew religion was falling apart but this is ridiculous! I suppose that as a rational atheist, this should be very good news and to be sure, I’m not disappointed, but religion is falling apart far faster than I had predicted. I didn’t think it would reach this level of free-fall until my daughters were adults. Now, there may be few churches remaining by the time they’re old enough to be married. This is a very good thing.
So what’s it like in your area? Are there fewer churches today than there were 5 years ago? Is religion ready to be forked? I certainly hope so.