The Barna Group, a research firm, released some data about what Christian women in the U.S. claim to struggle with. The women claim to struggle less with so called “traditional” sins, such as l**t or envy, than with what are referred to as “modern behaviors”.
This week, the Barna Group released a part of its study titled, “Christian Women Today”. The study revealed that Christian women struggled more with modern behaviors- disorganization (50 percent) and inefficiency (42 percent).
Christian women did not cite traditional sins such as envy (13 percent) and l**t (8 percent) as part of their struggles. Other issues that Christian women claimed to struggle with were anger (36 percent) and selfishness (25 percent).
As much as 73 percent of the women said their spiritual lives were full of joy, while 72 percent said they enjoyed spiritual freedom and 67 percent claimed to have a lot of spiritual fulfillment. Only a very small group, 3 percent, said that they felt high levels of fear, doubt or confusion.
David Kinnaman, president of Barna Group, pointed out that the women’s self assessments may not be accurate, questioning whether so few women struggled with fear, doubt and confusion. Kinnaman suggested that maybe the women were just not willing to admit their shortcomings even if the survey was anonymous.
One statistic that was questionable was how many women admitted to struggling with l**t. While only 8 percent admitted it, Crystal Renaud , founder of Dirty Girls Ministries, thinks the numbers are much different. According to Renaud’s book ‘Dirty Girls Come Clean’, 25 percent of Christian women have an addiction to p*********y and 70 percent of them will never come clean about it.
“There is a strong sense that social desirability is affecting the results…For example, perhaps Christian women are reluctant to admit their struggles because they might experience shame and guilt by giving a more honest response. Perhaps women need to learn to have grace and compassion for themselves and one another.”
Another possibility is that Christian women estimate their spiritual maturity at a higher level than it actually is and it was suggested that maybe they, as well as Christian men, need to learn how to better assess themselves.
The study was conducted through surveying 603 adult Christian women in the U.S. who have attended a regular church service in the last six months.