A January 29, 2009 report by Gallup indicates that overall, 65% of Americans say religion is an important part of their daily lives. Their report provides a state by state ranking to the responses by over 350,000 people to the question "Is religion an important part of your daily life?" The real question is, what is the significance of being religious?
There is a wide range in the self-reported importance of religion, from a high of 85% for residents of Mississippi to a low of 42% for residents of Vermont. Here is a snapshot of the top ten and bottom ten states:
The author of the report on the Gallup site writes about the implications of the data in an attempt to address why certain states have higher percentages. The real question is, what is the significance of being religious?
At the heart of any religion or spirituality, for any kind of significance to come from it, must be a personal, thriving and intimate relationship with the one true God. Life is all about relationships. The relationship we have with God first and the subsequent relationship we have with ourself. Out of this, we are to have relationships with others. It all begins, however, with a relationship with God.
I have written an article titled, "It's About The Relationship." If you are not enjoying a personal relationship with God, a caring relationship with yourself or are not living in vibrant relationships with others, I offer it for reading.
God loves you and wants you to experience His love through a personal relationship with Him.