“The 2020 election is not about personalities, parties, or even politics. It is an election to determine the dominant worldview in America,” researcher and bestselling author Dr. George Barna says in his recent findings from the American Worldview Inventory 2020.
According to Barna, who is leading the research project for the Cultural Research Center at Arizona Christian University, the upheaval in the United States is a consequence of a constantly evolving and person-centered philosophy of life.
AWVI’s most recent findings are not altogether surprising, revealing those who possess a biblical worldview to be as resolute in their positions. The group is consistently more conservative politically (78 percent), prefer capitalism over socialism (83 percent), favor conservative fiscal (80 percent) and social (91 percent) policies. They also oppose abortion (89 percent), hold a more conservative, confined view of the size and scope of government (83 percent).
Despite the steadfastness of those supporting a biblical worldview, their numbers are shrinking (six percent).
Those without a biblical worldview are more likely to support liberal fiscal (26 percent) and social (40 percent) policies. They do not consider the Bible unambiguous in its views on abortion (38 percent), and they favor a more liberal, expansive view of governance (26 percent).
“Over the past 40 years, Americans have been gradually but consistently abandoning a range of foundational, biblical beliefs in favor of a human-centric, consensual, emotion-driven understanding of and response to the world,” says Barna. “That transition has been highly visible in relation to morality and political preferences.”
America’s future is steadily moving toward domination by liberal social and governance policies, partially attributable to demographic realities.
“If you consider the demographic patterns, the expansion of population groups that possess a non-biblical worldview and consequently prefer liberal policies—particularly young adults, non-whites and irreligious individuals—will eventually usher in an era of liberal public policies.”
What will it take to reverse the trend?
“The only way conservatives can regain political momentum is by transforming the foundational perceptions of young people—that is, their worldview. A person’s worldview is formed when they are young and rarely changes substantially when they are 30 or older.”
Additionally, many conservative churches, parents and Christian schools, need to influence young minds toward biblical principles and practices.
Then, the “cultural changes many Christians now lament will become the dominant way of life in this country.”
The Cultural Research Center at Arizona Christian University exists to advance the Kingdom of God by conducting cultural and biblical worldview studies that will provide research and resources to inform and mobilize strategic engagement in cultural transformation.
–Corine Gatti Santillo