This makes a lot of sense. We don’t want God or Jesus to be in control. That is a core issue. God makes it clear that Jesus is King of God’s country. This is the central message of the new agreement (aka testament). It is good news but our secular world is rejecting it in increasing numbers.
The newest Gallup poll (released on December 24th) chronicles the continuing decline of religious influence in America. In 1952, 75% of Americans said religion was very important in their lives. Today, only 51% report this to be true. In addition, most Americans now believe religion is losing its influence on America. In 1957, only 14% of would have made such a claim.
A dramatic shift has taken place in America related to the way we view religious beliefs. Hidden in the data from the Gallup research lies a clue to the reason for this change in public opinion. Why do fewer Americans think religion matters? The answer lies in our love of autonomy.