There used to be an old saying in farm country: [Subject] is going to hell in a handbasket. I’ve heard that the origin of the phrase dates back to France and the guillotine where heads were caught in a basket and the people assumed that the victims were going to hell for their crimes. According to TheFreeDictionary.com, the meaning of the phrase is “To deteriorate rapidly…The “handbasket” alliteration caught on and was applied to anyone whose behavior was likely to lead to unhappy consequences.” One such unhappy consequence could be hypothesized from a recent Gallup poll is that the United States is going to hell in a handbasket because it has been steadily turning away from God and US leadership is a reflection.
According to Gallup, “Belief in God has fallen the most in recent years among young adults and people on the left of the political spectrum (liberals and Democrats). These groups show drops of 10 or more percentage points comparing the 2022 figures to an average of the 2013-2017 polls. Most other key subgroups have experienced at least a modest decline, although conservatives and married adults have had essentially no change. The groups with the largest declines are also the groups that are currently least likely to believe in God, including liberals (62%), young adults (68%) and Democrats (72%). Belief in God is highest among political conservatives (94%) and Republicans (92%), reflecting that religiosity is a major determinant of political divisions in the U.S.” Can you see how this division may lead to religious persecution?
Gallup also found “Fewer Americans today than five years ago believe in God, and the percentage is down even more from the 1950s and 1960s when almost all Americans did. Still, the vast majority of Americans believe in God, whether that means they believe a higher power hears prayers and can intervene or not. And while belief in God has declined in recent years, Gallup has documented steeper drops in church attendance, church membership, and confidence in organized religion suggesting that the practice of religious faith may be changing more than basic faith in God.” In short, Americans’ belief in God is declining along with their belief that God is real, can hear prayers and answer them.
Those who don’t believe in God, are the same folks who are destroying our country—liberals and Democrats. They are the ones who promote abortion, sexual grooming of our young people in public schools, the teaching of godless curriculum and want to ban prayer in public places. The places where these people live are plagued with high crime, murders and violence. Married conservative Republicans are more likely to believe in God and reflect the values taught in the Bible. Hence, less moral depravity, crime and violence. Trouble is, overall the ones with the good sense and morals are not the ones that are changing and influencing society. Why is that? 2 Corinthian 11:19 says, “For you suffer fools gladly, seeing yourselves are wise.” We need to change our tolerance for this handbasket, otherwise we are part of the…say it with me…stupidocrisy.