The statistics have never been lower since the Gallop Poll question was asked in 1957, currently 77% of Americans state that religion is losing its influence in America. The same poll revealed that 75% of Americans also believe that fact is not a good thing for America.
There are examples of the positive influence of religion spiking in 1957, 1962, 1980 and when the terrorist attacks took place on September 11, 2001.
The lowest point ever recorded until now was during the 1969-70 period during the height of the Vietnam War when 75% of Americans thought that religion was losing its influence in the United States. Typically high ranges of those thinking religion was losing its influence coincided with low points of American self-image or high crime.
Belief that America was highly impacted by religion matched periods of time of high prestige of American performance or greater moments of triumph.
The poll demonstrated that going to church greatly influenced the positive outlook for America as more than 90% of people attending church weekly said that religion would have a more positive impact on the United States. Those attending church less often than weekly at 57% believe religion would have a more positive impact on America.
Those not believing in God or never going to church have a very dim view of prospects improving for America. Non-believers naturally don’t believe America would be impacted positively, but neither do they have a hopeful outlook to America’s future. It is a type of self-fulfilling prophesy towards not being hopeful about a brighter future.
As more people become more disenfranchised about America’s future, the percentage of religion being a positive influence also decreases. Having no hope about the future impacts how death and eternity is viewed. Having no hope in a future passed death will have a negative impact on how one perceives the present. Existence can become pointless.
How people view their spirituality can have an impact on things as healing and life expectancy. The vast majority of doctors believe that a person’s spirituality impacts how a patient responds to medical treatment. A placebo effect does take place based on a person’s belief that they are suppose to get better, whether by faith and belief, it does play an important role in healing.
Proverbs 18:21 states that “life and death is in the power of the tongue, and those that love it shall eat its fruit”. Jesus confirms this in the New Testament with “if you believe and do not doubt in your heart, that what you say will come to past, then you shall have whatsoever you say”. It is a controversial spiritual truth that can manifest positively or negatively based on any person’s faith.
It would seem to follow the declarations of people during good or bad times and can be a self-fulfilling prophesy based on singular or collective belief as a spiritual standards. “One putting one thousand to flight and two will put 10,000″ is an example of the power of agreement.
Those rejecting religion as Christianity fail to take into account the hopelessness that accompanies godless standards. Americans collectively agree that not having religion as an influence is not a good thing.