Is our nation losing its way? That's what a majority of Americans believe, according to The Atlantic/Aspen Institute American Values Survey.
About 63% of respondents say that the country is heading in the wrong direction, while 70% believe that people's values have gotten worse over the last decade.
Interestingly, those numbers coincide with a perceived decline in the importance of religion.
About 46% of those polled believe that the influence of religion is shrinking.
Also 11% of Americans say they no longer believe in God. That’s a 10-fold increase from 1967, when just 1% said they were atheists.
Church attendance is also suffering--nearly half of Americans say they "seldom" or "never" attend worship services.
Given those stats, it’s not surprising that most Americans think our country is headed in the wrong direction. Our founders knew that a democratic republic could only survive if its citizens believed in a higher power and universal moral standards.
As believers, God has called us to be salt and light in this world. But as Jesus warns us in Matthew 5:13, if the salt loses its saltiness, it is no longer good for anything.
To learn more about how Christianity preserves our culture and how to defend the faith, check out the book “What’s So Great About Christianity” by Dinesh D’Souza.
I’m Bill Maier for WBCL.