There are a few reasons why Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo), the ayatollah of Appalachia, needs to be aware of social trends.
First, he and his family are financially dependent on the success of his creationist ministry, Answers in Genesis (AIG), and his other creationist activities — the infamous, mind-boggling Creation Museum, and Ark Encounter, which he claims is an exact replica of Noah’s Ark.
Also, it’s apparent to us that ol’ Hambo enjoys whatever influence he has in religious matters, and he seems to crave influence in other matters as well — especially education and how people behave in their personal lives. It’s natural, therefore, that he would be interested in public opinion polls, and especially what the next generation thinks, because it’s the next generation that will determine his family’s prosperity and influence.
His latest post is about a poll that has given him some bad news: Study: Only 4% of Millennials Have a Biblical Worldview. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis:
Take a minute and think about all the young people you know. Your older children, their friends, your church’s youth group, that newlywed couple, your college friends — how many of them have a biblical worldview? Well, according to new research, only 4% of the millennial generation in America — the twentysomethings — have a biblical worldview.
This is the poll he’s talking about: Survey Details How the Core Beliefs and Behaviors of Millennials Compare to Those of Other Adults. It comes from the American Culture & Faith Institute (ACFI), a division of United in Purpose – Education. We know nothing about them, but Hambo takes their findings seriously. He tells us:
As I’ve said many times before when reporting on sad statistics like this, instead of the church going out and influencing the culture, the culture has greatly influenced the church. In fact, many in the church don’t think much differently from those outside the church! And, of course, keep in mind that 90% of kids from church homes in the United States are sent to the secular education system where our tax dollars are used to impose the religion of atheism on their thinking a number of hours per day.
How horrible! After that he tells us:
This new report on Millennials’ beliefs included these saddening US statistics, among others:
• One out of every three older adults (33%) is a born-again Christian, stating that they will experience eternity in Heaven with God after their death on earth only because they have confessed their sins and accepted Jesus Christ as their savior. Far fewer Millennials (20%) share that expectation
• Less than two out of every ten adults 30 or older (18%) claims to be in the atheist-agnostic-none faith preference category. Nearly three out of every ten Millennials embrace that category (28%)
• A minority of adults 30 or older (43%) supports same-sex “marriage.” However, nearly two-thirds of those under 30 (65%) support it.
That’s bad news for the future of Hambo’s creationist tourist attractions. He continues:
Commenting on this study, George Barna the executive director of the American Culture and Faith Institute which authored the study, wrote,
[Hambo quotes Barna:] Remember, a person’s worldview is typically developed between the ages of about 18 months and 13 years. . . . There is usually very little movement in a worldview after that point. You could say with confidence that the worldview a person possesses at age 13 is probably the worldview they will die with.
Hambo knows the future is grim — for him. So he cries out:
Parents, I cannot urge you strongly enough to be intentional about imparting a biblical worldview to your children, as the Bible instructs. [Skipping several bible quotes.] Education begins in the home — right from when a child is born.
Pastors and other Christian leaders — you need to be equipping parents and young people with the tools they need to think biblically. You can’t avoid important topics like gay “marriage,” transgender issues, abortion, creation vs. evolution, or the exclusivity of Christ. You need to preach and teach on these issues to help those under your influence to think biblically and turn to God’s Word — not our culture — for answers!
Hambo ends his post with a promotion for his books and other materials “to help equip believers to think biblically.” But deep down, perhaps he knows that his worldview is dying and there’s nothing he can do about it. So he’ll keep on ranting, never suspecting that it’s people like him who may be causing the next generation to turn away from religion.
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