There is more and more evidence that our society–the American Society– is becoming less than a civil society where decency, virtue, and even common manners prevail. There are still areas and places in America (I think) that are what we some call “stuffed shirt” or “high class” or even “formal” in their dress and demeanor. I have wondered if these places are the last bastions of civility in a rapidly decaying culture, seemingly headed for it’s own destruction.
Reverend Jesse Lee Peterson, a columnist for World Net Daily, has a very interesting and probably correct theory about how the absence of the father in a family is the beginning of woes for young males. Being a black preacher, Reverend Peterson has a very up close and personal knowledge of this misfortune in black communities, and has written a book called The Antidote: Healing America from the Poison of Hate, Blame, and Victimhood. Reverend Peterson has a thorough understanding of the importance of Family as depicted in the Bible.
Research veteran George Barna directed a study for the American Culture and Faith Institute around the question “how many Americans have a Biblical world view?” Barna says our world view is what drives the choices we make and the actions we take as a result.
Everyone has a world view, even though they may not express it as a “world view.” Basically, a world view is the “mental framework” that makes up their sense and understanding of their world. Personally, it serves to filter our responses to reality and our situation. It helps us determine what is good or bad, right or wrong, righteous or evil, valuable or worthless, etc., and is an “indispensable mechanism” for coping with life. Nationally, it determines who we see ourselves as a nation and where we are going as a nation.
The study measured basic Biblical principles, not complex theological theories. They related to practical matters like lying, cheating, stealing, pornography, the nature of God, and consequences of unresolved sin. 20 questions were asked about core spiritual beliefs and 20 about behavior. Those who answered 80% or more of the 40 questions according to Biblical principles were given the designation of “Integrated Disciples” i.e. those who integrate their beliefs and behavior into a lifestyle reflecting foundational Biblical principles.
46% of the general public, when asked, claimed they have a “Biblical world view.” Yet the survey reveals only 10% of Americans truly have a Biblical world view. The same survey taken by theologically conservative pastors revealed 88% have a Biblical world view. A third survey of “SAGE Cons” — Spiritually Active, Governance Engaged Conservative Christians that AFCI has been tracking since 2013–a whopping 90% qualified as Integrated Disciples. More than conservative pastors at 88%!
So what does all this mean? Of the several trends mentioned, one stood out for me: The younger an adult is, the less likely are they to have a Biblical world view. Adults 18 to 29 years old, commonly referred to as Millennials, have the lowest percentage of Integrated Disciples at 4%. That number only raises 3% more from age 30 to 49.
While about half of the nation considers itself to be “pro-life” only 19% of them qualified as Integrated Disciples. Again, the Integrated Disciple grouping means they answered 80% or more of the survey questions in accordance with Biblical principles.
Biblical principles, the foundation of the Constitution of The United States, are still relevant today. When those are denied, then the Constitution really becomes useless, and America falls into chaos, and comes under the judgment of God.