New survey conducted by Echelon Insights for Young America’s Foundation and The Federalist on April 24-27 now shows that majority of the young adults and teenagers are not thinking about spiritual things more unlike before Coronavirus Pandemic.
The question from the poll stated that “Compared to before the virus, do you find yourself praying or thinking about spiritual issues more or less?”
In a poll where 1,600 of both high school and post-secondary students between the ages of 13-22 participated shows that 67 percent are now more conscious spiritually.
Where, 39 percent said they’re praying “more often,” 28 percent said they’re pondering spiritual issues more and one-third (35 percent) said neither option applies to them.
“I believe that young people are far more interested in prayer and spiritual issues during the COVID-19 [pandemic] than before because everything they focused on or sought for security has come to a halt and is quickly fading,” the Rev. Anthony Thompson, pastor of Holy Trinity Reformed Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C., told Just the News. Thompson’s wife was killed in a 2015 church shooting, and he was featured in the 2019 documentary Emanuel.
He also wrote a book, Called to Forgive.
“Schools, businesses, corporations as well as churches are closed,” Thompson added. “Corporations, businesses and states are losing money every day, and unemployment is very high. All the things they depended on for security and happiness are gone, and with that so is their hope. I believe that young people are trying to retrieve that hope in God.”
Also, 21 percent indicated that they attend religious services once or twice in a month, 27 percent said at least weekly while about half of the participants said often. One-third (32 percent) of the teens and young adults in the survey identified as Catholic, and 15 percent identified as evangelical Protestant/born-again Christian.