The Big Picture
Less than nine percent of the overall US population accepts even the basic tenets of a biblical worldview, and of the general population between the ages of 18-23, that figure drops to less than one half of one percent. 1 in 200.
Christian social critic and national marketing strategist Gordon Pennington was visiting the home of a friend. As they discussed some of these issues, the conversation turned to the the challenges of parenting and the ways in which our children are influenced by the broader culture.
At one point Pennington said to his friend, "Give me less than five minutes to look around their bedrooms. Based on the music they listen to, the books and magazines they read, the posters on the wall and the clothes in the closet, I can tell you the names of the top five national advertising execs who are discipling your kids."
Recent laws and Supreme Court cases have been widely cited as crucial cultural turning points for our nation and its global influence, but the reality is that the cultural battle was lost long before it ever reached the Supreme Court. The battleground was not in congress, or congregations, or the chambers of the Supreme Court. The real battleground was in education, psychology, social media, news outlets, business influence, and entertainment content. These were the spheres of influence by which the cultural heart and mind was being shaped. Congress, the Supreme Court, and even many churches...have merely followed suit.