Morality in America
When studying the founding of the United States, you can’t help but encounter the faith of the nation’s forefathers. Time and again they recognized God’s hand in the shaping of America. You will find Him repeatedly mentioned in their words and documents. And you will find Him having an active, vibrant role in the country’s early history.
Today, God continues His work in America – but it’s in a nation that has clearly lost its moral compass. Every week, “Morality in America” will address the myriad of moral concerns facing the United States and undermining its Godly heritage. After you read, remember to intercede in prayer for America – that this nation will return to the Christian standards that once defined it.
Giving Up on God
Is science ruining religion?
By Carol Hatcher
Has America given up on God? Statistics show people are leaving the church in droves, but set foot in any church and those stats and figures won’t be necessary. You’ll see it!
More and more people say they don’t identify with any religious group. They were deemed the “nones” after their same-named selection to the question, “What is your religion?” on a recent survey. Church attendance is down, and, of those not attending, many are millenials – more than a third of them claim not to be associated with any faith. But it’s not just the millenials walking out church doors. Many of those leaving from every age group grew up in church. Pew Research shows 49% of them left because of “lack of belief.”
Comments as to why they don’t believe varied. “Too many Christians do un-Christian things.” “Rational thought makes religion go out the window.” “I’m a scientist now, and I don’t believe in miracles.” To sum it up, people are disenchanted with Christ partly due to the behavior of Christians. In addition, the views of the world are louder and louder. You are crazy to believe there is a man who walked on water. Many of the responses from the “nones” led back to science and reasoning. A 2009 Pew study showed members of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) were “much less religious than the general public.” Only 33% of them believed in God; that’s in comparison to the 74% of America’s general population who believe.
There’s a belief that science and religion are opponents – gloves on and backed in corners. If you believe in creationism, you can’t believe in evolution and vice versa. The United States Supreme Court ruled in 1987 that creationism was a religion and could not be taught with science in public classrooms.
While many Christians don’t believe in evolution, there are some who believe in Theistic Evolution. It’s a view that the idea of creationism and God don’t conflict with evolution. Those who fall under that belief agree with evolution but think God set it in motion. In addition, many Theistic Evolutionists believe the creation story in Genesis to be allegorical.
Here’s what many in the science world have grossly overlooked – God created science. Every scientific principal, from the laws of gravity to the laws of thermodynamics, God established them. One only has to look to nature and watch the seasons to slowly grasp the scientific mind of the earth’s Creator.
But the real question isn’t how do we create harmony between science and religion, it’s what do we do about the number of people running from God?
Flip back to the Old Testament and you’ll find this story again and again. The Israelites turned their backs on God and worshipped idols. They ran from Him, and what did He do? He sent messenger after messenger to warn them and tell them to turn from their wicked ways. “If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” (2 Chronicles 7:14) And while a few turned back to God, most of them did not.
So God took things a step further to get the attention of His people – He sent His only Son to die on a cross for the sins of the world. And then He asked us to go and tell others about it. “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.” (Matthew 28:19-20)
The problem isn’t people giving up on God; it’s that they don’t know Him in the first place. You see, people are running from the church and running from God because they don’t know the power of His saving Grace. It’s up to you and me to tell them, and we’ve got no time to waste.
As the Lord leads, pray:
- For God to burden the hearts of Christians to share the gospel
- For those who don’t know Him to have open hearts to receive the Good News
- For revival in America
Carol Hatcher is a former elementary school teacher turned speaker and writer. She has contributed to many books and magazines and is a regular contributor to the Vantage Point devotional series. This southern belle lives with her husband and three children in Commerce, GA.
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