November 2, 2021
The latest NBC News poll finds that 71% of Americans believe the country is headed in the wrong direction. Just 22% say we're on the right track. Those are deeply concerning figures.
I have no doubt that the Biden Administration on virtually every major issue – from Afghanistan to the border, COVID and the economy – partially explains these dismal numbers. But I believe there are other fundamental problems that may contextualize all of this:
America is becoming less religious, and less Christian. Not coincidentally, every year we lose more freedom. The founding fathers predicted this. They said only a moral and virtuous people could sustain this Republic.
A related trend is that fewer Americans are biblically literate. (For more on this subject, check out this recent presentation by Dr. George Barna with Foundations of Freedom.) At America's founding, we were probably the most biblically literate society in the history of the world. Today if the Bible is mentioned in our culture, it's usually to condemn or mock.
Every year, we become more diverse and more divided. Diversity can be good, if everyone agrees on the same set of fundamental values. But when diversity extends to differences on fundamental beliefs of life and death, liberty and value, tribalism grows as there are fewer basic issues to unite America and we grow further apart.
There's more, of course – the breakdown of the family, the coarsening of culture, the decline of respect for law enforcement. But without the revival of faith, the renewal of Judeo-Christian values and a recommitment to basic morality, America will continue in the wrong direction.
Source: Gary Bauer, American Values