America Still “Clings to Religion”

2016 January 22 - Clinging to ReligionAll people in a civil society, pattern their lives after tried and true guideposts. Americans are blessed to have the Constitution as the guiding light for government.  Many Americans also use the Bible as the “lamp for [their] feet, a light on [their] path” (Psalm 119:105 NIV). Recently the American Bible Society (ABS) and Barna Group released the results of “America’s 100 Most Bible-Minded Cities”, survey of the nation’s “100 largest metropolitan areas”.  Christianity Today (CT) reported the findings, announcing “The Belt Is Still Buckled”, referring to the southern states in America, traditionally referred to as “The Bible Belt”.

According to CT, “As in previous years, the South remains the most Bible-minded region of the country, with all of the top 10 cities located below the Mason-Dixon line,’ stated Barna. More than half of Chattanooga’s population (52%) of about 173,000 is Bible-minded, which Barna defines by both action and attitude. In other words, individuals ‘who report reading the Bible in a typical week and who strongly assert the Bible is accurate in the principles it teaches.’”

To see where your area ranked among “America’s 100 Most Bible-Minded Cities” Read more here.

Tina Drake

Arizona PolitiChick Tina Drake has been teaching and mentoring Junior High and High School students, in churches where she has been active, since her time as a college student, over twenty-five years ago. Tina believes politics and religion can, and should, be discussed together. She says she is a lifelong follower of Christ and believer in the true significance of God's power in each and everyone's life and she believes in the absolute need for God and Christ to be honored and included in the decisions made for our country. Tina continues to mentor students in this age group, along with her husband, multiple times each week. She believes that encouraging people, especially students, to see the need for a relationship with God and Jesus Christ in their everyday life, is an absolute need in her life. Tina volunteers weekly in her children's school, allowing her to witness how today's students are learning and developing in their social, educational, political and spiritual beliefs. Witnessing how students experience life, during the timeframe of Junior High through College, is immensely important to Tina. She believes this age group needs to be mentored, so they will have the tools with which to navigate today's societal pressures to live life without God, rather than with Him. Tina has also been a teacher to women in churches, teaching small groups, as well as speaking to large groups on a variety of spiritual topics. In addition to Spiritual Formation, Tina has been actively following and discussing the many facets of politics. Tina is a graduate of the University of Arizona, having earned a degree in Communication and a minor in Political Science. After college, she worked in the field of Advertising and Marketing, specializing in Media Buying and Planning, as well as directing entire Marketing and Sales departments. She has been a writer for PolitiChicks.com since 2012 and says she enjoys the opportunity to encourage Americans to live out their faith in Jesus Christ, while they stand firm on the principles set forth by our forefathers in their political beliefs.

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