Who is the most popular person in America? Well according to a new survey, Jesus came in #2---just behind Abraham Lincoln.
A Public Policy Polling survey found that 91 percent of Americans view Lincoln favorably, and 90 percent mentioned Jesus.
The survey also asked Americans how they view themselves.
93 percent gave themselves a positive rating, while only 1 percent viewed themselves negatively.
The president of Public Policy Polling says, "You can argue that we’re a psychologically healthy nation or you can argue that we’re an arrogant one."
So as Christians, how should we view ourselves?
Well, the bible tells us we’re made in God’s image and we’re dearly loved by him. Psalm 8:5 says He made us a little made a little lower than the angels and crowned us with glory and honor.
But before you give yourself that positive rating, remember that the bible also says we’re sinners, prone to selfishness and self-deception. In fact, Jeremiah points out that the human heart is "deceitful above all things and beyond cure."
The good news is there IS a cure—the redeeming power of Jesus’ death on the cross. Romans 5:8 tells us "God demonstrates his love for us in this—while we were still sinners, Christ died for us."
By the way, Abraham Lincoln knew the power of that love, although not until later in his life. After visiting the Civil War battlefield at Gettysburg, he said “when I saw the graves of thousands of our soldiers, I then and there consecrated myself to Christ.”
I’m Bill Maier for family-friendly, commercial free, WBCL.