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.
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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