Jesus Did It!
By: Donna Wasson
AOL recently printed an article on the religiosity of America as a whole. A Gallup poll taken in 2011 separated people into three main categories: very religious, moderately religious and nonreligious. I’ll give you an overview of the information gathered.
People who stated that religion is an important part of their daily life and who attend religious services every week or nearly every week were considered ‘very religious’ and comprised 40% of the population. Those who said they were ‘moderately religious’ were classified in two ways. Either they said religion is important but they don’t usually attend services or they attend church services but don’t consider religion to be important. These folks comprised 28% of the population.
Why one would bother going to church if religion was not important to them beats me! Maybe it’s the let’s-go-to-church-to-be-seen-because-that-is-what-a-good-person-does crowd, and therefore they feel content that they did their duty to God and can live like hell the rest of the week. After all, we know that “I’m a good person” will absolutely not cut it with a Holy God when “I’m a good person” stands before Him. And, boy oh boy, there are a bazillion “I’m a good person” kind of folks in America. That’s about the only kind of person I talk to!
Then there is the last category. These people are probably the most truthful of the bunch. Religion is not an important part of their daily life and they seldom or never attend religious services and are, of course considered ‘nonreligious.’ They made up 32% of the American population.
As expected, 8 of the 10 most religious states are located in the Bible Belt of the South and are Alabama, Louisiana, Arkansas, South Carolina, Tennessee, North Carolina and Georgia with Mississippi ranking as the ‘most religious state’ in the Union. The other 2 states in this category are Oklahoma and Utah, the majority of whose residents are Mormon. They were awarded the honor of being ‘the most religious group in America today.’ Oh yay. A twisted, mishmash of bizarre beliefs and blasphemous statements about Jesus Christ represents the most religious group in this country. No wonder the USA is going to hell in a hand-basket!
There are 12 ‘least religious states’ and 6 are in New England. These are New Hampshire, Maine, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island with Vermont nabbing the ‘most heathen’ award for the whole country. I guess those folks in Vermont are too busy sucking syrup out of Maple trees to give God much thought.
Other states in the ‘least religious’ category are, Alaska (next door to Russia, what can you expect?), Oregon (The Wicca State), Nevada and Washington (The let's worship a tree State). The last 2 are the District of Columbia (completely Godless!) and, surprise, surprise, New York.
So what does all this mean? According to Gallup, America remains a generally religious nation, with more than 2/3 of the residents classified as very or moderately religious. These statistics bring up some interesting questions.
What does Gallup even mean when they use the term ‘religious?’ I suppose that would encompass all Christian beliefs which would include the many Protestant denominations and ‘non-denominational’ congregations. Apparently they consider Mormonism to be a religion. What about Scientology and their mother ship? Are they including Muslims? What about Buddhists or Hindus? The Wiccans? The luciferians and plain ‘ol satanists?
And, of course, we can’t forget the Catholics, because NO one can put on some religion like the Catholics! The robes. The ceremonies. The metal thingy’s with incense and smoke being waved about. Genuflecting to a graven image of Christ on the cross. Sprinkling holy water on the faithful. Sitting in a little wooden hut, confessing your sins to some unseen voice who thinks he has the ability to forgive you, along with the seemingly endless hour and a half of men with funny hats, mumbling Latin which no one in the building can understand. Mmmm, Lord knows I love me some Catholics! Now THAT’S what I call a good show of religion!
But, if the majority of America is religious and all these people of varying beliefs are trying to find their way to God or their concept of a transcendent Being, why are we acting so wicked and aborting 4000-5000 babies a day? How does that fit in with the definition of ‘religion?’ Of raising ourselves up to a higher level of being and enlightenment?
What about all the murders, rapes, robberies, cheating, adulteries, gossiping, lying, hating, cruelties, coveting, bullying, making our own gods and on and on? What about all that stuff? How can we say we’re a religious country? We threw God out of our schools in 1962 and we’ve spent the years since trying our best to eradicate any mark or memory of His involvement in the founding of our country.
What precisely is all this religion about if we are overwhelmingly turning our backs on God and even on His chosen people, Israel? We’ve always had Israel’s back, but not now! No, we’ve succumbed to the brain dead lies of revisionist history authored by the Arabs, and are feeling so sorry for the poor, poor displaced Palestinians. If we were truly religious and still worshipping God, we wouldn’t dare abandon the Jews!
I don’t know who this Gallup guy is or why he’s never asked me any questions, but I have to wholeheartedly agree with his poll. America used to be a Godly country, which is much different than being a ‘religious’ people. A good definition of ‘religion’ is mankind’s arrogant, worthless attempt to make himself acceptable to a Holy God by his own efforts or works. Religion is one of the greatest and most destructive lies satan ever hatched in that putrid little brain of his. It is anything but Godly.
No, America has fallen from being Godly to being religious. We have a plethora of gods to worship, command and control. The gods of our religions don’t tell us how to live and don’t expect anything from us so we can toddle off to our churches every Sunday and feel good about ourselves because we’re ‘a good person.’ Somehow, I don’t think America’s gods will be able to save us from the approaching and well deserved wrath of the one true God. You know; the one we used to have before we became religious.
Staff Note: Christianity was never intended to be called a "religion". It was - and still is - to be a RELATIONSHIP with the living God - the Creator and the Judge. A meaningful, life-giving relation with the living God cannot happen until one becomes spiritually born again.
Religion cannot and will not save you from the penalty for your sins on the Judgment Day. Religion cannot and never will bring forth spiritual life, and spiritual life more abundantly that Jesus Christ promises in John 10:10. It actually does just the opposite. Religion can be likened to putting a frog in a pot of cold water, and turning the burner on slow heat. Eventually the frog will die once the water gets hot enough, but by the time that happens, it will be too late for the frog to escape.
Religion is a strategy of the thief, Satan, and the purpose of his strategy is to rob, steal and ultimately keep one from true salvation with God.
Religion will try to convince you that God will save you from the penalty for your sins by being engaged in "good works." That is a lie; spiritual deception.
Religion is like taking an opiate drug. It lulls you into a state of mellow denial from spiritual reality. Denial to the fact that we are born sinners and we need a Savior to save us from our sins. But believing that alone won't save us from our sins. What WILL save us from the penalty of our sins is first asking for forgiveness from Him for them, and THEN developing a daily, personal relationship with Jesus Christ through the help of the Holy Spirit.
God the Father desires that we make Jesus Christ our closest, most intimate FRIEND. That requires effort on our part. It requires diligently studying the Word of God (the Holy Bible) and our obedience to God's Word. Everything else God will make certain will take care of itself (prayer, ministry calling - for example) once we purpose to immerse ourselves in His Word with the desire to wisely obey it.
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