Decline of religious confidence alarming

Regardless, it’s our faith in God that brings us through the tough times.

Without faith, how do people deal with the recent tragedies that have occurred in our area? That’s a question I often ask myself when life challenges occur.
    It’s a question shared among many of my Christian friends as well. Without the confidence of knowing I have a loving God who forgives and saves, I don’t know how I would have handled the challenges life has brought to my doorstep.
    I attribute my Christian upbringing for instilling that confidence of faith. I can’t imagine where I would be without it.
    We live in an ever-changing world overshadowed by social media and its ills. Our current political atmosphere doesn’t help matters either.
    At a time when we as individuals and America as a whole need faith more than ever, just the opposite is occurring.
    According to a Gallup poll taken in June, America’s confidence in organized religion has fallen to its lowest level ever dating back to 1975. In 1975, that confidence level stood at 68%. Today, it stands at 36%.
    It’s likely some of this can be attributed to issues in churches over the last several decades, ranging from sexual abuse and scandal to denomination-splitting divides on LGBTQ inclusion in the church.
    Churches are not alone in the trend when it comes to a loss of confidence in other American institutions. Out of the 15 institutions measured by Gallup this year, for example, only three have confidence ratings above 50%—the military, small business and the police.
    Not surprisingly, Americans’ faith in their own government stands near an all-time low with just 11% of people having a “great deal” or “quite a lot” of trust in government.

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