As Americans, we don’t seem to agree on much these days. After last year’s contentious presidential election, we’re more divided than ever before, and most of the division is centered on political beliefs and what one did or did not do at the polls. Most people I know have at least one story of how the election has caused great division among their family members and friends.
One of my radio listeners approached me over the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays asking for prayer. For the first time in decades, her sister, with whom she had been very close before Nov. 8, told her she would not be joining them for the annual holiday gatherings, as she was too distraught over the election results.
Fast forward to the spring of 2017, and while many of those divisions remain, Americans do agree in one important area: The state of morality in the United States or, should we say, more appropriately, a lack thereof. According to a poll released by Gallup last month, views of U.S. morals have slipped to a seven-year low.
Gallup asked over a thousand adults 18 and older living in all 50 states, “How would you rate the overall state of moral values in this country today — as excellent, good, only fair or poor?” According to the poll, 81 percent said the state of moral values is “only fair” or “poor.” And 77 percent said the state of moral values is getting worse.
In a nutshell, most of us think the country is in a mess when it comes to morality.
“America’s ratings of U.S. moral values, consistently negative through the years, has slipped to their lowest point in seven years. More than four in five now rate the state of moral values in the U.S. as fair or poor,” Gallup stated.
Gallup explained that since they first started doing the morality polling back in 2002, asking whether the nation’s moral values were getting better or worse, the majority has always said worse, but by a margin that has been decreasing over recent years. But the numbers are much higher this time around and, interestingly enough, even among those who consider themselves liberal. Continue Reading at OSV Newsweekly…