A The common refrain of many in the United States these days is that “things are worse now than ever.” Evidence such as a creeping community to get up in narcissism and law, mental health issues, opioid epidemic in the United States and record violent crimes rates support such a hypothesis. All the while, this downfall coincides with the orthodoxy of left-wing efforts to remove our country’s founding Judeo-Christian values from society. Given these struggles, one can legitimately argue that a viable solution to our societal ills is to make America religious again.
“American church membership has fallen below the majority for the first time,” said Kara McKinney, host of Tipping Point with Kara McKinney on One America News Network, I said in an interview. She referenced recent Gallup polls to bolster her claim.
“In 2020, 47% of Americans reported belonging to a church, synagogue or mosque, up from 50% in 2018 and 70% in 1999,” McKinney said. Additionally, she pointed out that the Pew Research Center found that the number of people with no religion has also increased in recent years.
“They found that about 29% of Americans now identify as having no religion, which is a 3 percentage point increase from 2019,” McKinney said.
McKinney believes that this lack of religion has had devastating consequences in our country’s society.
“We see this reflected in various societal indicators such as rising divorce rates, depression and substance abuse,” McKinney said. “The sadistic massacres and tortures of the 20th century, in which some estimates place the butcher’s bill at 150 million victims, show what happens when ungodly regimes are in operation.”
Given the rise in homicides, carjackings and other criminal acts, this claim has some validity. As the number of believers in a deity decreased, crime and other acts of immorality increased. Although some may argue that this is an oversimplification, recent studies echo McKinney’s claims, showing a definite correlation between the influence of religion in society and immoral and criminal behavior.
According to a study from Montclair State University, being involved in a religion “may encourage the development of social networks that decrease antisocial behavior such as criminality.” In addition, the study revealed that following religious principles limits drug addiction, delinquency and criminality. Religious engagement helps “encourage social bonds and controls that prevent crime through connections to social institutions like family and education.” Additionally, religion helps deter “crime on an individual level using the threat of supernatural punishment and promotes normative behavior through the promise of supernatural reward”.
Additionally, studies have shown that adherence to religion can curb or prevent recreational drug use – something that plagues the United States. One way to achieve this is “through the process of socialization and social selection”. This is especially prevalent as the young mature and enter the stages of adulthood. Religion, according to studies, acts as a deterrent through methods of socialization and peer influence. This fosters an environment of accountability within the respective religious community through its commitment to (their) God. Additionally, the presence and influence of peers in the community acts as another form of deterrence that has led religious people to be “less likely to engage in substance use and abuse.”
A 2001 study found that in many cases that “explore the relationship between religiosity and crime”, those who engaged in “public religious engagement and personal religious beliefs have a stable reverse deterrent effect on behavior criminal”. Moreover, this deterrent effect was even more prevalent when assessing the relationship between religion and non-violent crime. Yet another study showed that more than 90% of the subjects analyzed said that religiosity was “a protective factor against antisocial behavior, such as crime”. Other studies have found that “religious engagement may be part of the institutional relationships that are key to the crime-freeing process.”
Simply put, being religious is generally a sign of good moral people. Perhaps these studies indicate why people who claim to be non-religious still tend to believe in supernatural phenomena. People yearn to believe in something, but they have been brainwashed to make sure that belief is not religious.
“Even those who profess to disbelieve in God are usually spiritual in other ways as they seek to fill the God-shaped hole in their heart that nags at them,” McKinney said. “While Gen Z, most likely to have no official religious affiliation, trends are something to follow, many now find solace in astrology, crystals, witchcraft and pagan mythologies. may not believe the details of these lawsuits, many still soak up the seductive siren call of Satan that underlies them.
McKinney brings up an excellent point. Humans have this innate belief in a greater spiritualism to affirm our existence. Yet the left has done a great job removing all elements of the Judeo-Christian principles upon which our country was founded. Rather than believing in God or religion, people seek other spiritual answers, such as those listed by McKinney. Instead of religion and helping the greater good, contemporary thought focuses on individuality and mantras such as “living your best life”.
“Everywhere we look we are told to think of ourselves as the best, the greatest, the source of our own joy and wholeness. As a 25-year-old woman, if I started a YouTube channel full of videos of me in skimpy outfits talking about my beauty, my sexyness and my self-confidence, I would be hailed as a feminist icon instead of the raging narcissist I would be in this situation, “said McKinney. “But this message is on the cover of every book in the self-help gurus aisle at Barnes and Nobles and even in CIA recruiting ads and every media in between.”
“We saw what this kind of thinking caused in the 20th century. These evil regimes, from the Nazis to the Soviets, believed that religions like Christianity and Judaism had to be either co-opted (i.e. slyly suppressed leaving a facade for the public) or ruthlessly crushed under a boot and exterminated. “, McKinney said. “These ideologies rejected the limits of physical reality and instead set out to create a ‘new man’ in the desired image of man, not God. that the current Earth and humanity are in a fallen state, instead they believed that a utopia was possible on Earth, if only those people (various groups scapegoated as oppressors) were dead, deported, or locked up so that progress could walk over their corpses.
She’s right. A shift away from religion has produced little in terms of the betterment of humanity. Selfishness has replaced altruism, instant gratification has replaced a puritanical work ethic, and all the while standards keep dropping to accommodate the collective regression that has resulted. As more people die from drug overdoses and violent crimes, a return to religion could provide a cure for many of the problems plaguing the country.
“I shudder to think of the future horrors that lie ahead as more and more people come to believe these underlying tenants,” McKinney said.