40 and 70
I just read a statistic in Newsweek that said 40% of Americans attends church on a weekly basis but 70% of the same want a president with strong religious faith.
It’s an interesting statistic to me in two different ways. The first is that the difference between who goes to church and who wants a person of faith to be president. It’s almost like the 30% that want the president of faith but don’t go to church are saying “I like what religion offers; I don’t want to have to work at it; but I want my president to have the values I don’t want to work at.” It’s an interesting mindset… and I know quite a few people like this. The desire is there but the spiritual laziness gets the better of them. There’s more to say about this but at quarter to 4 am, I don’t know what it is. Maybe it’ll hit me later.
The other is the 40% statistic they use. You notice it’s listed as “attends every week”? As is, it looks like less than half the American people attend church on a Sunday. We did a census at Gnu Song 10 years ago. What we found at our church is 67% said they attended weekly… but, another 23% said they went three of the four weeks. That’s 90% that we could call regular attenders. That paints a different picture of who the people who go to church. The every-week is the same percentage as a D (67%), but it’s closer to an A(90%) if you count in the three of four weekers. By the same token, I’m sure that 40% in the Newsweek article would be higher if they counted significant attenders rather than the every-weekers. Personally, I’d like to have known the regular attender percent, especially when you are making that comparison of the the those who go versus those who want a president of faith.