Poll Shows Disturbing Trends In The Cultural DivideJun 09, 2010
A recent Gallop poll showed that Americans are as divided as ever over key moral issues, several of which are reflected in the deep political divisions that we regularly encounter. On several of these important values issues, The Family Foundation is on the frontlines when moral issues confront public policies. Sadly, yet not surprisingly, with few exceptions the national trends we see are leading our nation further from the ethical standards necessary for a civil and safe society. For example, for the first time since the poll was done, a slight majority of Americans view "gay and lesbian relationships" as morally acceptable. A slight majority also finds "having a baby outside of marriage" as perfectly moral. In what comes as no surprise at all, our culture is completely comfortable with sex outside of marriage, with nearly 60 percent of the population finding it morally acceptable (I’m actually encouraged that number isn't higher).
From these numbers we can see that public policies that encourage traditional marriage and family as God intended are running square into a culture that is daily becoming more self-seeking. What is encouraging, however, is that a majority of Americans still believe that taking the life of an unborn child through abortion is morally unacceptable.
One issue addressed in the poll shows how important framing the question can be to the result. According to Gallop, 59 percent of Americans find "medical research using stem cells obtained from human embryos" as morally acceptable. One wonders, however, if the question had been more accurate and instead asked if it was morally acceptable to use stem cells obtained from the destruction of human embryos, if the response would have been different.
Suffice it to say, our culture is in moral decline — but I don’t think that's news to anyone. The question is, what can be done? At The Family Foundation, we know that we must educate an entire generation on the ethical truths that have been the bedrock of our nation and of any successful society. We believe the best instrument for making this happen is through The Truth Project. The Truth Project is a DVD-based small group study that seeks to impart a Biblical worldview in its participants. The Truth Project looks at every aspect of life from science to the family, from arts to politics, from anthropology to theology in order to see what God's Word has to say in regards to it.
Nearly 70 people from across the state (and even some from out of state) came to Hope Church in Richmond last Saturday to be trained as small group facilitators for this comprehensive, Bible-based worldview curriculum. Led by Family Foundation volunteers Jerry Daniel and Ron Gallagher, people left inspired and equipped to take this training back to their churches, their homes and their small groups.
We have hosted several of these training sessions across Virginia over the last several months and we will continue to host them. But we do need some help — it takes good audio-visual equipment to pull off a modern, quality presentation, including the DVD inventory we must purchase, a new laptop and a video projector, not to mention publicity for each training session, and the travel costs for our dedicated team of volunteer trainers.
Gifts for this mission are tax deductible. If you are interested in helping, please click here. Or, if you want more information about receiving the training, please contact our office (804-343-0010). With your help, as a dedicated Truth Project trainer and/or someone who can help us financially, we look forward to doing our part to reverse the disturbing trends among people's attitudes in these crucial areas of cultural and policy concern. Thank you for your support!