September 7, 2005
Here's some news for those who believe Christians can, or should, direct the political life of this country.
According to the George Barna research group, only 16 percent of adults said they make their moral choices based on what the Bible says.
Worse, the survey found that only five percent possess what the organization defined as a "Biblical worldview."
That definition requires belief in seven principles, including that the source of moral truth is in the Bible; that every person has a responsibility to share his or her faith with others; and that satan is a living force, not just a symbol of evil.
About half of evangelicals have such a perspective, but only 8 percent of all Protestants and less that .5 percent of Catholics do.
Only 1 percent of African-Americans have a biblical worldview, compared with 6 percent of whites and 8 percent of Hispanics, according to the survey.
How can Christians take over the moral direction of America, as some call for, when they can't even impose basic biblical principles on themselves?
I'm Cal Thomas in Washington.
Cal Thomas is a nationally syndicated columnist based in Washington, D.C. Watch his television show, After Hours with Cal Thomas, on the Fox News Channel, Saturdays at 11 p.m. Eastern Time.