The Pursuit of Nothing

I came across an interesting infographic on religious unaffiliation in the United States.  I can’t seem to get it to post into this blog, for whatever reason.  Now, there is a whole lot of nothing-new-here in this infographic.  We know, Democrats tend to be non-religious.  We know, Americans tend to be more religious than Europeans.  We know, younger people tend to be less religious than old people.  We know.  What is interesting to me though is the little box in the upper right that shows the breakdown of these “religiously unaffiliated,” which presently make up about 20% of the U.S. population.  Only about 3% describe themselves as Atheists.  Only about another 4% describe themselves as Agnostics.  12% describe themselves as, get this, “Nothing in Particular.”  It is not so much that people are convinced that God does not exist.  It is that people–young folks in particular–are occupying themselves with Nothing-ness.  God may be there, and He may not (to their minds).  They don’t particularly seem to care one way or the other.  This is what I think the Bible refers to as the darkening of the mind, the mental pursuit of absolute futility.  Life in our present world is becoming devoid of meaning for many.  This is heartbreaking, and how much moreso when we believers know that we bear the remedy for the sickness of our world!  It is high time we began to open our mouths and share it.

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