by Tod Hampson
I have lived through several impactful - even game-changing - historical events, which all occurred within 1 year. I worked in DC (District of Columbia) on 9/11, during the DC sniper murders, and during the DC anthrax mail attacks. That condensed time period was a pivotal moment in our nation’s history. Things were never the same. Our Gen-Z population doesn’t know what it was like before 9/11, just as my Gen-X generation doesn’t know what it was like before the culture-shaking events of the 1960's. After 9/11, people filled churches again - but only for a time. As life returned to normal, so did the cultural default position. In fact it has worsened. In the West - including in America - there has been a steady decline of belief in the Bible or the God of the Bible. The great falling away predicted in Scripture continues and escalates. If trends continue, the next generation of leaders and decision makers will be “nones.” “Nones” are those who do not identify with any religious affiliation or belief system. Like most of Europe, It will be wholly secular - which IS a belief system in itself, but I digress.
As more and more people fall away from true, Biblical Christianity - so too will they fall away from its principles, wisdom, sound-logic, and blessings. There’s no doubt that our country has been blessed so tremendously, because it was founded on Biblical principles (and because we have blessed the nation of Israel - Genesis 12:3). I’m not saying our country is perfect by any means, but to the degree that we have followed God’s ways in our culture - we have also experienced God’s blessing and protection.