Are you among the millions who watched the "Muslim Demographics" video? It launched a thousand online and church discussions, but a new report from the Pew Forum gives a more measured take on the growth of the world's Muslim population.
The Pew Forum's report is also being used politically: The New York Times trumpeted it as a direct repudiation of the "hysteria" propagated by "far-right political parties" in the United States and abroad. The Pew scholars, though, used state-of-the-art data and demographics to show that the number of Muslims is likely to rise from the current 23.4 percent of the world's population in 2010 to 26.4 percent in 2030....
Married couples are designed by God to be naturally fruitful and multiply -- often exceeding a minivan's capacity. Because the Bible teaches "multiply" and showing one's children the way to Christ, don't fruitfulness and faith go hand-in-hand?
When married Christians significantly limit their fertility (e.g., count the number of family-owned maxivans in the average church's parking lot on Sunday morning -- there are probably few to none), why would anyone be surprised to hear that Islam is surpassing Christianity in numbers?
Fertility matters to God, perhaps it should also matter to us.