More than three in four of Americans say religion is losing its influence in the United States, according to a new survey, the highest such percentage in more than 40 years. A nearly identical percentage says that trend bodes ill for the country.
"It may be happening, but Americans don't like it," Frank Newport, Gallup's editor in chief, said of religion's waning influence. "It is clear that a lot of Americans don't think this is a good state of affairs."
According to the Gallup survey released Wednesday, 77% of Americans say religion is losing its influence. Since 1957, when the question was first asked, Americans' perception of religion's power has never been lower.
According to the poll, 75% of Americans said the country would be better off if it were more religious.
I don't think Americans are less religious. Rather they've just transferred their allegiance to other "faiths". I think man is inherently religious. He was made to worship. The question is what will he worship.
What I think is in decline is allegiance to biblical faith.
I'm reminded of what John Adams said:
We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion. Avarice, ambition, revenge or gallantry would break the strongest cords of our Constitution as a whale goes through a net. Our Constitution is designed only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate for any other.I believe the Bible is true and it's particularly relevant to our experience in America where our society and culture is rooted in the Bible. The problems we see manifested in society stem from an erosion of that faith in the lives of Americans.