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Wednesday, July 29, 2009

How The Faith Of African-Americans Has Changed.

In a survey by the Barna Group, African Americans are markedly more religious when it comes to attending church, participating in a small group, praying and reading the Bible.
Please! I mean really, what do people who do these surveys expect? I do believe we are a people of faith. It doesn't matter if we voted for Obama or not. I mention Obama because when you goggle this particular article in the comment sections there's a lot of references to Obama. I don't understand it, how is it every time the "Black Community" is mention Obama name will appear. HELLO! The black community existed way before Obama appeared on the scene.
Any way, We as a people of believes do see ourselves as people of faith. Yes ! We do.We might not cling to our Bible and Guns like others but we still cling....We have a way of clinging to what we believe in very strongly:
  1. The Bible is totally accurate in all of the principles it teaches 66% (Black) 46% (White)
  2. I have a personal responsibility to tell others about my religious beliefs 46% (Black) 32% (White).
  3. your religious faith is very important in your life 86% (Black) 70% (White)
  4. Satan/devil is not a living being but is a symbol of evil 39% (Black) 46% (White)
  5. when He lived on earth, Jesus Christ committed sins 43% (Black) 54% (White) Now I don't believe "Jesus every Committed sin".
  6. Single, most important purpose of your life is to love God with all your heart, mind, strength and soul 66% (Black) 85% (White) I believe we were made for worship.
  7. God is the all-powerful, all-knowing, perfect creator of the universe who rules the world today 70% (Black) 84% (White)
  8. your highest priority in your life these days is your faith 11% (Black) 18% (White
Now once upon a time (long ago) the black community activities were completely centered around the church. Not the pastor agenda but the church for example:

  1. Monday - Rest from Church
  2. Tuesday - Choir Rehearsal
  3. Wednesday - Bible Class
  4. Thursday - Deacon's and Deaconess meeting
  5. Friday - Canvass the neighbor for lost souls.
  6. Saturday - Clean the church
  7. Sunday - Church (ALL day)
  8. Repeat.

Now the new study released by The Barna Group points to the fact that passage of time has not diminished the importance of faith in the lives of African-Americans. The study examined the religious beliefs and behaviors of the black population, today and in comparison to 15 years ago, as well as comparing the faith of blacks to that of the U.S. population as a whole. Article here!
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  1. I hate statisics! I have a loathing for polls of any kind. I alwyas feel as if there's something behind these "fact finders". Who's taking these polls and what are they really trying to say?

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  3. Interesting. Like CareyCarey, I am wary of polls/statistics.

    What people say and what they do are 2 different things.

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  4. I hate statisics! I have a loathing for polls of any kind. I alwyas feel as if there's something behind these "fact finders". Who's taking these polls and what are they really trying to say?

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