Analysis of recent trends in America shows that there are both negative and positive trends to consider. For instance, the number of Americans using food stamps has increased from 10 million in 1970 to 20 million in 2015 and teen drug abuse has increased to 25% of 12th graders. However, abortion rates have dropped to the levels seen in 1973 and the divorce and crime rates have dropped.
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Why this story matters for church leaders:
Church leaders will be caught in the political cross fire at times, so it’s helpful to note both positive and negative trends in society rather than looking at matters as black and white.
- Good News for Families: A drop in the divorce and abortion rates are great news for families and unborn children that should give churches reason to celebrate.
- Safety in the Midst of Threats: While Americans are worried about terrorist threats and mass shootings, overall, violent crime rates continue to drop.
- Needs Remain: Food stamp recipients continue to increase, and it’s possible that churches could play a role in helping recipients transition into better jobs or housing situations.
Do members of your congregation lean toward optimism or pessimism about the state of the world?
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