What Americans Believe about Terror

In this week’s Ministry Briefing we look at a CNN poll on American feelings about terror: :

In a recent poll, more Americans feel that terrorists are winning the war on terror than at any other time since 9/11, 2001. Nearly 75% of Americans say that they are not happy with the way the war on terror is progressing. This data crosses party lines, although most say that they are hopeful things can change.

Source: CNN

Why does this matter for church leaders?

Digging deeper into the results of this poll says a great deal about the current state of our culture:

  • 40% believe that ‘the terrorists’ are winning
  • 40% believe that ‘no one’ is winning
  • 45% of respondents are worried that a loved one will be a victim of an act of terror
  • 50% of respondents do not believe that the government can prevent a terror attack

What does this mean? While the majority of our culture is not obsessing over this, there is a rising number of people who are. These numbers are trending up as this poll is repeated, and more and more people are becoming war-weary, disenchanted, and afraid. As church leaders, we need to be intentional about sharing the hope that is Jesus to a people who are losing hope. At the same time, we also need to be aware of these shifts, and how they are weighing on our congregations, as it should affect the way we shepherd them.

How have YOU seen this play out in YOUR church?

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About the Author: Matt Steen

I love Jesus, Theresa (my wife), the Redskins & Capitals, and am currently living in Waco, Texas where I am studying the finer points of BBQ (while working on my MDiv and MBA at Baylor University). When not studying, I serve church leaders through MinistryBriefing.com and am the Director of Connections for Harris Creek Baptist Church's Downtown Campus.