Wealth Begets Religious Apathy, Except In The U.S.

Over at the Acton Institute’s Power Blog, Jordan Ballor mentions a survey by the Pew Global Attitudes Project finding that the wealthier a country, the less citizens’ lives revolve around religion. The one country bucking the trend? The U.S., but why?

Ballor gives a somewhat lengthy and ambiguous answer.

Ballor theorizes that it is America’s heritage and the “penetration of the Gospel message into people’s hearts and minds.” As an example, he notes that Satan’s attacks American’s differently than others. He quotes a John Piper column, “Gutsy Guilt:”

“The great tragedy is not masturbation or fornication or pornography. The tragedy is that Satan uses guilt from these failures to strip you of every radical dream you ever had or might have. In their place, he gives you a happy, safe, secure, American life of superficial pleasures, until you die in your lakeside rocking chair.”

Interesting thoughts and worth a read, if nothing else, for the mental exercise.

3 thoughts on “Wealth Begets Religious Apathy, Except In The U.S.”

  1. Having traveled some, only seeing the title of your blog, and I agreed with it.

    I suppose heritage places a big part of it.
    And where the media would like us to think that race divides our country and maybe it does, in other places, it seems that class does.

    To me, here, the opportunities are not based on your wealth, so, seems to me, neither should your gratitude and belief in God.

    Americans are very giving, too. Perhaps there is a blessing with that.

    I am rather dirt poor, but thinking about if wealth would change my faith. I think not at all.

  2. Barbara, your thoughts bring to mind the words of David as he thanks the Lord for his station in life: not so rich that he forgets God, and not so poor that he curses Him.

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