Our Changing Culture

A recent survey conducted by the Harris Poll reveals that 42 percent of US adults are not “absolutely certain” there is a God compared to 34 percent who felt that way when asked the same question three years ago. Eight percent is statistically significant. People are changing.
When questioned whether God is male or female, 36 percent of respondents said they think God is male, 37 percent said neither male nor female, and 10 percent said “both male and female.” One percent think of God as a female.
As to whether God controls events on Earth, 29 percent believe he does, while 44 percent said God “observes but does not control what happens on Earth.”
A recent Barna report noted that many US adults don’t look at morality the way their fathers did. There are large generational gaps in how people decide what is right and wrong. Nearly half of all older adults said they view moral truth as absolute, but only three out of 10 Busters (born between 1964 and 1981) embraced the concept of absolute truth. Two-thirds of those over 40 said humans should determine what is right and wrong morally by examining God’s principles; less than half of Busters felt this way. Instead, nearly half of Busters said that ethics and morals are based on “what is right for the person,” compared with just one-quarter of pre-Busters.
What has happened?
Many in this country have effectively silenced God’s voice. The courts ordered our schools to abandon prayer and Bible reading in the 60s, replacing them with evolution and situation ethics. Much of the media has joined with the agenda to push God out of our society, leaving an enormous spiritual vacuum. Many regard Christians as fanatics, right-wing radicals, and hypocrites.
We can no longer assume today that people know the God of the Bible. Even those who read and study feel little hesitation to read into the Bible what they prefer to believe rather than accept what the Bible says for itself.
What can we do?
Live righteous lives. Preach the gospel again and again. Display faith, hope, and love. Speak a good word about Jesus. Continue to vote godly people into political offices. Support truly Christian causes. Reach out to a friend with the good news. Advertise gospel preaching on television, radio, and the internet. Give a tract. Invite a friend to worship with you. Work harder, and don’t give up.

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2 thoughts on “Our Changing Culture

  1. Very worthwhile article Phil, and thanks. A favor please: Could you — would you — send me all the data from which you quote? Respectfully / JO

  2. Jim,
    Thanks for your kind post, the stats on God came from a Harris poll conducted online between Oct. 4 and 10 among 2,010 US adults. The results were released the same month.
    You can find the article on Busters at Barna.org in their recently offered articles.
    Thanks for asking. I will try to remember to include my documentation in the future.
    Phil

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