I get a little concerned whenever I hear people justify their faith using social metrics.
I also shudder a little when I hear people explain why children need a male and female parent by showing social statistics to prove that that’s how God designed it.
The problem with doing this is that you are then implying that you will only follow your faith if it works out for your personal betterment. And you are implying that if it was statistically proven that a different type of lifestyle or faith increased your “insert metric” you would adopt it.
But that is simply not the case.
If someone was able to prove to me that children are happier and healthier when raised by a homosexual couple, it would not make me want to be a homosexual for one second. So why do Christians think it will have the inverse effect? The only thing it might do it is solidify any prejudice or hatred held by some (not all- certainly) people of that faith.
Now, I am not stating this to question my own faith at all. I am a Christian and make no apologies for holding fast to my beliefs.
But I am quite aware of the fact that becoming a Christian carries very large risks in a lot of the world, both in times past and today.
I would be lying if I told a Muslim in Saudi Arabia that Christians have happier and healthier marriages, live longer, have better relationships with their children, and earn more money.
A more honest statement for him would be: Become a Christian because you believe in Jesus. But you will likely lose your marriage, your kids will never talk to you, you will probably be shunned by all of your community, you will struggle to find work or do business and you run the very real risk of imprisonment or worse.
And the Christian Bible teaches that you need to be prepared for all of these consequences if you want to follow Jesus anyway.