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.