The latest research shows that only 81% of people believe in God today.
In the 1950s and 60s, the answer was nearly 100%. Gallup has been researching this question for decades, and the percentage held relatively consistent for a long time. But things are changing — rapidly.
Looking more closely at the data, we get some good clues.
THIS NEW POST WILL MAKE SOME OF YOU ANGRY. I get it. I’m unsure if I am completely correct, but at a minimum, I think I’m partially correct.
Check your political ego at the door and let me know if you agree, disagree, or fall somewhere in between.
Do you like politics?
I hate it.
I’ll sound more Christian and say I strongly dislike it.
For a short season in my early twenties, I thought I wanted to be in politics. At least until a close friend told me I was WAY too honest and opinionated to be a successful politician. I’ve never played relational games for sport and I certainly will never be blamed for telling people what they want to hear. That’s the type of person I want in political office, and there are some like that serving today, but I’m not sure we as a people are ready to vote for that person in mass.
I guess we like to hear what we want to hear. We are certainly drawn to what we like to hear.
The portion of politics that would have been most challenging to me was fund-raising. To raise political funds, a candidate must make big, bold statements that rally the home crowd enough to drive funding — whether they believe it or not, or plan to act on it or not. It’s this type of “red meat rhetoric” that dominates the political landscape today. Every political commercial or staged speech rips apart the opposition while passing off the strongest of opinions only to strengthen internal support and raise funds. Politics is a game — not of truth and justice, and in many ways not even about votes, but a game of winning and losing dollars (which are then converted to votes).
To me, the Christian landscape in our country looks way to close to the political landscape in our country.