Even though I grew up in the midst of a “born again” religion, I never really understood it. Now, a religious polling company says the percentage of born again Christians is falling and those who remain have little interest in keeping it alive.
Several pastors who commented on the polling numbers said parents are just not committed enough to teach their children what the Bible says about sin, forgiveness and the rewards of the afterlife. I think the pastors are correct. Some 60% of parents don’t teach that to children because they no longer believe it themselves.
These ideas from the past, the one true religion, religious nationalism, American exceptionalism and mixing religion with government have held our country back. All this thinking that we are special when we are not plays with our minds in harmful ways.
One thing it tells us is that human beings are something above nature, we are not subject to the carrying capacity of our environment because a god told us we are the gleam in his eye. This odd thinking will do us continued harm.
The other is our duty to spread both our favorite religion and nationalistic values to parts of the world that never asked us to “help” them. President W Bush and his side kicks thought locals would run to our troops with flowers. The greeting was bullets.
It would be hopeful if born again clergy would see the falling born again numbers as an indication their views are a fantasy and best they more to something else.