The Founding Fathers of our nation were adamant and unified that freedom of religious expression and practice were a fundamental right and necessity for our nation to survive and thrive. But in light of growing secular humanism, a federal government increasingly intruding into the lives of Americans, and a Christian Church asleep at the switch, many feel true religious freedom is rapidly becoming a thing of the past.
But in our first segment, we check in with Christian economist Doug Wakefield (BestMindsInc.com) to look at how our economic freedoms and sustainability are under attack as a handful of powerful people seek to manipulate economic markets and bring in a “new financial order” that many feel is a tool for the coming one world government.
The bulk of our show covers a recent poll by Barna and Associates giving us a glimpse of the growing concerns of Christians regarding the future of religious freedom.
- Overall, the research reveals a significant rise in Americans’ belief that religious freedom is worse today than 10 years ago (up from 33% in 2012 to 41% today).
- The growth from one-third of the general population (33%) expressing concern over religious freedom in 2012 to the more than four in 10 adults today (41%) is mirrored among the generations as well.
- More than three-quarters of Evangelicals (77%) say religious liberty is worse off today than 10 years ago, compared to six in 10 (60%) in 2012. This 2015 figure is the highest among all segments by 18 percentage points.
- Evangelicals are also the group with the highest amount of concern for religious freedoms becoming more restricted in the next five years.
This however, is one of the key takeaways from this new survey:
- Although there continues to be widespread agreement on the definition of religious freedom, with nine out of 10 adults agreeing with the statement: “True religious freedom means all citizens must have freedom of conscience,” (90% in 2012 and 87% in 2015), there remains significant division among Americans on both the cause of religious freedom woes and the path forward.
David Kinnaman, president of Barna, directed the research and comments on the findings:
Based upon the fact that millions of Americans see an escalating threat to religious freedom, we anticipate that more people will feel the need to stand up for their religious convictions in a public manner. So, we likely haven’t seen the last of events like Kim Davis. Christian leaders have an opportunity and responsibility to help coach people toward a biblical response to the faith challenges of an increasingly post-Christian society.
“But realize this, that in the last days difficult times will come. For men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, revilers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy, unloving, irreconcilable, malicious gossips, without self-control, brutal, haters of good, treacherous, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God…” 2 Timothy 3:1-4
“For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may be recompensed for his deeds in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad. Therefore, knowing the fear of the Lord, we persuade men, but we are made manifest to God; and I hope that we are made manifest also in your consciences.” 2 Corinthians 5:10-11
Barna Group: Increasing Concerns over Religious Freedom in America
Religious Freedom in Danger – Focus on the Family
Our First Freedom – an Overview from Alliance Defending Freedom