The latest poll shows what many Americans already know: people are tired of the same-old politicking.
A Quinnipiac University poll paints an interesting and telling picture. Many polled on both sides of the political aisle feel their “beliefs and values are under attack.” And what is worse, it appears many politicians do not care.
Three in four polled agreed “public officials don’t care much what people like me think.”
Unsurprisingly, 85% within the Republican party agreed with both of the above statements.
Even less surprising is about 91% of Trump supporters agreed that their values are under attack and politicians are doing nothing about it.
So it may turn out that maybe jobs and the economy are not the number one concern with voters–unless “beliefs and values” are jobs and economy.
But there is more.
The greater number of voters agree with the statement “we need a leader who is willing to say or do anything to solve America’s problems.”
Let that sink in. Of the 1400 people polled, the majority believe lying, swindling, and thievery are acceptable ways to solve America’s problems.
Am I reading too much into that? What else does “willing to say or do anything” mean?
And does it surprise anyone that over 80% of Trump supporters agreed with this assertion?
I cannot say I have kept track of poll answers enough to know how this compares to twenty years ago. But this is a sobering statistic.
America first and last. That is how I read that poll answer. If America first and last, come heaven or hell, then America is an idol.
Again, what else can I draw from such a statistic?
An idol is anything or anyone that takes the place of God. That can be within a part of one’s life (like sports) or within the totality of life (like atheism). I cannot tell to what degree America (or rather the American ideal) has supplanted God in the hearts and actions of those polled.
But this is too much.
What if Christians were polled a similar question? And what if 80% of conservative Christians agreed that “we need a leader who is willing to say or do anything to solve the Church’s problems”?
People would have an apoplexy.
No doubt some of those polled did not pay attention to the options. But I think given the track record in American politics in the last fifty years, too many do put America over God, especially those in the Republican camp.
And given Trump’s history of egotistical pragmatism, it is no surprise that he would attract like-minded pragmatists, many who have an American-centric pragmatism.
America is in trouble. Deep trouble. And has been for generations.
This poll is more evidence piled upon a mountain of evidence that God plays second fiddle to American exceptionalism.
May God bring repentance upon American voters. And may that begin with faithful preaching and teaching shouted from the pulpits of faithful churches.
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