I'm not quite sure why, but it seems like this is the week to point out how little all religious people know about their faith. In an effort to not be outdone by the New York Times or the Washington Post, USA Today published an enlightening article headlined MOST AMERICANS BELIEVE IN GOD BUT DONT KNOW RELIGIOUS TENENTS. (You can click on the underline to read the article yourself.)
It separates various denominations, factions, and even goes so far as to differentiate racial understanding.
What I continue to find fascinating is the lack of understanding about God. I mean if there is a God, and if He is the source of life and creation, wouldn't we want to know as much about Him as we could?
I guess in a busy world we are so concerned with issues right in front of us that we don't take serious a holistic way of approaching our own humanity. Just think about it…
If we're hungry, it's faster just to pull up to McDonald's and feed our bodies french fries, even though we know french fries are detrimental to our health.
As a people we know that smoking kills us. But there are millions of people that light up every day to destroy their own body.
We know a steady diet of exercise is essential for our body, but we don't spend time working out. (as a general stereotype)
And we now know, marital issues cause a 5 times higher rate of crime, depression, and poverty in the children it effects. (Study quoted by the Johns Hopkins medical center)
So it only goes to the nature of our own humanity that we know God is out there, we just don't want to spend time really knowing.
I know I've said this before, but this is EXACTLY why I'm involved in our summertime KIVU organization. We help train teenagers to understand basic tenents of the faith.
If you're concerned about the next generation knowing, take some time to check us out at http://www.campkivu.com. We'd love to see you next summer!