I’ve got an idea, as to what the problem is…. See if you agree. APATHY: just plain ole’everyday lack of interest, or concern. Life around us has changed so rapidly, and is still changing, that we hardly have time to determine solutions to one set of problems, when another new batch pops-up. We are conditioning ourselves to simply “not-care-anymore.”
Look at the voting statistics of registered voters who actually vote: Early 1800’s = 55%, late 1800’s =75%, early 1900’s= 50%, 1950-60 = 60%, 70’s to 2000 = around 55%, and in 2012 Presidential election = 57.5%. Off-year elections are even worse, and State and Local elections are often 20-25%. We’re in constant war, and we are lethargic about it.
We have the highest taxes in the world, and we’re un-concerned. The total number of abortions in the U.S. 1973-2011: 54.5 million, and we’re indifferent. Currently, about half of the pregnancies among American women are un-intended; and about 40% of these are terminated by abortion. The United States used to rank as #1 for high school graduation, but times have changed. In 2009, the U.S. ranked 21st out of 26 OECD countries when it came to high school graduation rate. Portugal and Slovenia were tied for first in the rankings, Japan and Finland hold the number two spot, and the Czech Republic ranks 17th. So completing high school is not ranked very high, and getting worse.
While divorce rates are not as high as once thought (50%), it’s more likely in the 25% range. There are so many variables in divorce statistics that I’ll just say this….if it’s one….it’s still too many. Anyway, divorce is treated very nonchalantly, and the increased rate of pre-marital cohabitation isn’t helping, either. The economy has helped reduce divorce rates, too.
Spiritually speaking, about 75% of America is thought to believe in God, the remainder don’t know, or don’t care; and only about 25% of “believers” actually attend Church on a regular basis; with TV, radio, and the internet gaining popularity; potentially eroding the established Church. As for health; In 2010, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported higher numbers once more, counting 35.7% of American adults as obese, and 17% of American children; indicating that we’re apathetic as to our own health, and that of our children.
The end result is that we Americans are becoming fat(ter), lazy, un-educated, un-healthy, un-churched, political zombies, out-warred…. and we’re flirting with the Apple. We are passive when it comes to corrupt government at all levels, and we have abandoned God in favor of satan.
We are turning away from God. If we don’t change our ways, we are doomed. We are told in Revelation 3:16 – So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth. And in – Hebrews 6:4-6 – For it is impossible, in the case of those who have once been enlightened, who have tasted the heavenly gift, and have shared in the Holy Spirit, and have tasted the goodness of the word of God and the powers of the age to come, and then have fallen away, to restore them again to repentance, since they are crucifying once again the Son of God to their own harm and holding him up to contempt.