Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. –Proverbs 3:5 (NIV)
Back in 1957 Gallup conducted a poll that asked people if they thought religion could answer most of today’s problems or if it was old fashioned and out of date.
Back then, 82% said that religion could answer most of today’s problems and only 7% said it was out of date.
On Friday, Gallup released their 2014 data on the same question and reported “Fifty-seven percent of Americans say that religion can answer all or most of today’s problems, while 30% say that religion is largely old fashioned and out of date.”
By the way, Religion is defined as “a specific fundamental set of beliefs and practices generally agreed upon by a number of persons or sects: the Christian religion; the Buddhist religion.”
People still believe strongly in God. In 2011, a Gallup poll found that 92% believed in God.
Over the years we’ve seen religion take a lot of negative hits. For some it was deserved. But the big picture is that when someone involved in religion does something wrong it hurts all those who are involved in religion. We have to remember that even though a person is a priest, pastor, reverend, or a worker in a church, they are just a person and they sin.
The person delivering the message today at church will probably let you down at some point in your life. The religious organization in which you belong will probably let you down at some point.
Therefore it is important to “Trust in the Lord with all your heart…”
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