Most people who do not have a relationship with the Lord end up yawping his name in times of crisis, dire help, severe illness or you know, hungover.
I remember 9-11 like most, like it was yesterday. However, one of the stark realities that stand out the most for me is how this entire country seemed to put the petty, the mundane, the lunacy aside and give God a chance. Church attendance was through the roof! I was late by 10 minutes one day and had to sit way in the back… and I was on staff.
Not that I was around in the 1930s, but I’m sure the Great Depression had the same affect on folk. This revised version of the Not-so-great Depression? Not so much, according to the Christian Post and a recent Gallup poll.
Over the last three months, about 42 percent of Americans reported that they attended church, synagogue, or mosque weekly or almost every week, which the Gallup Poll found to be the same percentage reported earlier in the year.
History has shown that a significant crisis usually results in fuller pews, as was seen after the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. During this latest crisis of economic challenges, some reports have indicated that houses of worship have drawn larger crowds.
But while some churches have seen higher numbers, the recent Gallup Poll found “absolutely no change” in church attendance after reviewing almost 300,000 interviews Gallup conducted throughout this year.
Hrm. Towers blowing up and mass hysteria? Call on God. No money in your pocket, voluminous unemployment and OPEC sticking it to this country? Ah, I’ll watch TBN. Seriously?!
Some things just can’t be explained. Much like the faith I have my family and I will be all right during this tumultous time in American economics.
Read what the picture says. It’s proof that some of the best things in life really are free.