A new poll from Pew Research indicates Americans are likely to say churches have a positive impact on the way things are going in the country — ahead of colleges, labor unions, banks, and the national news media.
Overall, 59% of those polled said churches and religious organizations have a positive impact on the country. For comparison, 55% said colleges and universities have a positive impact on the way things are going, and 47% said labor unions have a positive impact.
Interestingly, 66% of those who attend religious services only occasionally say churches have a positive impact–meaning even those who are not particularly involved in church recognize the good that churches do.
As we have written elsewhere, just having a church building in your neighborhood repels some types of evil. It keeps certain vices away from our children and our neighbors. It makes our communities more wholesome – often without anyone noticing.
Jerry is the founder and president of Family Council. He began Family Council in 1989 after a successful effort to amend the Arkansas Constitution to prevent the use of public funds for abortions. He and his wife reside in Little Rock. They have four sons.