A disturbing new Gallup study was released last week, proclaiming that Americans’ belief in God has dipped to an all-time low.
With just 81% of Americans believing in God, that’s down a whopping 6% percent from just 2017, and almost 10% from 2011, where 90% believed in God.
And the two subgroups that have seen the biggest drop? Young people (only 68% believe in God), and those who identify politically on the left as liberals (only 62%), and Democrats (68%).
And we wonder why there has been such a sharp increase in identity crisis and a pandemic of suicidal thoughts among our young people…
But these statistics were released almost simultaneously with another head-shaking zinger by one, Nancy Pelosi.
As you may have heard (but probably not, since mainstream media hasn’t covered it…) but recently, with the Roe v. Wade outcome looming in indecision, there have been 23 Pro-Life pregnancy centers attacked, and an assassination attempt on a Pro-Life Supreme Court Justice. When Pelosi was asked directly about these things in last week’s press conference, she did not denounce the violence, or even condemn it. In fact, she cited her so-called Catholic faith, to support her pro-abortion stance.
“A woman has a right to choose, to live up to her responsibility. It’s up to her, her doctor, her family, her husband, her significant other, and her god… I’m a very Catholic person and I believe in every woman’s right to make her own decisions.” -Nancy Pelosi
I’m sorry, Nancy. But in order to be a Catholic person, you have to abide by Catholic teaching. And what is an “unbudging truth” of Church social and moral teachings? That abortion is morally wrong, because it is the deliberate killing of a sacred human life.
But this post isn’t about abortion.
And it isn’t really even about Nancy Pelosi. — Although, I would love to juuuust…but I won’t.
This post is about what Nancy Gal represents: Christianity today.
To be honest, I thought that the 81% would be lower. And, perhaps it’s because I live in NYC, but I thought that number would skew more around the liberal-identifying number of 62% of people claiming to believe in God.
But Nancy is a perfect example of what Christianity — and particularly Catholicism — has become. And it’s what has been circulated in Catholic circles for years as a “Cafeteria Catholic.” But in this case, it applies to all Christians.
Close your eyes, and picture yourself back in 4th grade: you’re in line for hot lunch at your elementary school. Going through the line, you’ve got your lunch ladies — hairnets, plastic gloves, maroon aprons, and a big-ol’ smile that only brightened your day. Well you’ve got your tray — and now it’s time to pick what you want. Chocolate, white or strawberry milk….Sloppy joe, french bread pizza, or chicken nuggets….French fries, green beans, or fruit cup.
A Cafeteria Christian, or a Cafeteria Catholic, is someone who claims the faith, but only believes/follows the teachings that he or she wants.
They are creating their own religion. The religion of self. The religion of convenience. The religion of whims and wants.
And this, friend, is no religion at all.
We were never promised that the road of a Jesus follower would be smooth, paved, bumpless, and with an ocean view. Quite the contrary. We were promised persecution. We were told that we would be hated because of Him.
And it’s no wonder that there is such venom against those who stand up against the secular dogma about woke topics that completely contradict Christ’s teachings.
And so you’ve got a huge population of “Nancy Pelosi Christians” who claim to be a “very Catholic person” — even though they’ve rejected the moral teachings of the Church on abortion, on same sex marriage, on gender ideology, on X, Y, Z.
I’m not saying she doesn’t believe in God. But clearly, the god that she believes in, is one that she has conceptualized herself. She’s sanitized Him, and whittled away at His almighty power, and put Him in the box that fits her life, her agenda.
And I think that there’s a lot of that 81% that are doing the exact same thing.
Now look, I’m not claiming myself to be a saint — I have a laundry list of sins 5-miles long, and it is only the grace, mercy and forgiveness of our Savior that I’m here today.
And this is not just the left that is guilty of this either: many people on the right also will ignore the evils of the death penalty, or don’t care about the poor, or immigrants.
But what I am saying, is that it is incredibly damaging — and confusing — for there to be a public figure, claiming to be Catholic, when actively contradicting the most fundamental teachings of Christ and His Church.
She’s free to believe whatever she wants. But don’t claim to be Catholic when you’re not.
It’s just giving permission, and fueling the fires of all the other Pelosi Christians out there, that they can keep going through that cafeteria line and creating the religion that best fits their lifestyle.
That’s just not how it works.
“Don’t be misled. Remember that you can’t ignore God and get away with it. You will always reap what you sow! Those who live only to satisfy their own sinful desires will harvest the consequences of decay and death.” Galatians 6:7
Lord, please guide our politicians to follow Your ways. Change their hearts of stone into hearts of flesh that want to abide by Your law of love, truth and peace. Through Your Spirit, lead them to the life-changing view of Your face.
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