In the United States, it is a common saying that “religion and politics do not mix”, and that individuals would be wise to refrain from discussing either topic when engaging in conversation with family members of friends. Despite the colloquial term being frequently used in everyday discourse throughout America, it seems in recent times that it is nearly impossible to avoid discussing the latter word, as political tensions in the United States reach intense levels and the economic and social conditions within the nation continue to deteriorate. In these stressful days, it is normal for working class people in America to often wonder pessimistically about the future, and many may consult a higher power for comfort. One pastor has claimed that it would be wise for people not to place the entirety of their hopes in politicians.
A religious leader named Jesse Bradley of Grace Community Church feels he has timely advice to give to religious members of the American public. In the aftermath of the first Republican presidential debates, a small group of citizens may feel inclined to view the crowded pack of candidates in the second coming debate scheduled for September 27th. Regardless, Bradley stated that with the debate coming, politics will remain significant, and that Americans of faith have a responsibility to be informed when deciding who to vote for. Bradley offers three pillars of advice for religious Americans regarding politics- avoid confrontation with family, value relationships, and make a commitment to being a calm, composed and mature individual when discussing contemporary issues.
Things are difficult in the United States, and the average American has the lowest level of trust in governing institutions in the nation’s history. Additionally, as social and cultural problems worsen in communities across the nation, it appears the publics belief in a higher power also continues to decrease. Since 2017, the number of American adults who believe in God has declined by 6%.