Americans feel blessed

July 2, 2011 in Featured Question of the Week, How do you explain 'America the Religious'?, Question of the Week by Mark Matheny

As we prepare to celebrate July 4, studies show that the wealthier a country is, the less important religion is to that country. The ONE EXCEPTION is the United States of America.

Our question to you this week:


Drawing on your life, your work and your time here in Memphis, how do you explain America the Religious?

With all our many faults and tendencies toward greed, I still believe that the grass roots folks of all incomes in the U.S.A. are very thankful for God’s blessings. This is not to say our nation is richer because somehow God picked us out over others, but I think large numbers of our citizens feel blessed. We’ll save the difference between “religion” and “faith” for another time!

An added point is that since we as a nation are comparatively wealthy, God has a tremendous challenge for us, frankly, to be a blessing to all the rest of the world.