Americans Search for Meaning and Purpose During Covid

American Family Association: ‘Christians Need the Confidence to Boldly Proclaim the Truth of Scripture to People Who Want Answers – But Don’t Know Where to Look’

April 12, 2021

TUPELO, Miss. — Has the pandemic and living under lockdown affected how people view their life and their individual place in it? Yes, according to a new Lifeway Research survey released last week. The survey reported that “57% of the 1,200 surveyed” think about “finding more meaning and purpose in life” – up from 51% in 2011.

The survey yielded other significant results regarding “life beyond the one here” as well. Only 43% of adults “strongly agreed” that “there is more to life than the physical world and society,” and 42% merely “somewhat agreed” with the statement.

“It is clear that, whatever one thinks of the Covid pandemic, it was a blunt-force trauma event for millions of people,” stated Ed Vitagliano, executive vice president of the American Family Association (AFA, “For many, it merely shook up their lives. But for others, their lives disintegrated. This naturally leads people to think about ultimate questions, and now that life appears to be opening back up in many locales, the church needs to reach out with the hope of the Gospel. While the ‘soil’ of human hearts is still somewhat softened by the difficulties of the past year, Christians should make every effort to present the love of Jesus Christ.

“On the other hand, it is also clear from the Lifeway survey that America continues to trend away from a religious outlook on life toward a more secular worldview. That presents a clear challenge to the church to prepare its members for an apologetics-based evangelism. Christians need the confidence to boldly proclaim the truth of Scripture to people who may want answers – but don’t know where to look.”

For over 40 years, AFA has operated within the mission to inform, equip and activate individuals to strengthen the moral foundations of American culture and give aid to the church here and abroad in its task of fulfilling the Great Commission. Find AFA Action Alerts here.

AFA—founded in 1977—has long been on the front lines of America’s culture war. Today, AFA is one of the largest and most effective pro-family organizations in the country, with nearly a million online supporters and approximately 160,000 subscribers to the AFA Journal, the ministry’s monthly magazine. In addition, AFA owns and operates nearly 180 radio stations across the country under the American Family Radio banner.

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To interview a representative of the American Family Association, contact, Beth Harrison, 610.584.1096, ext. 105, or Deborah Hamilton, ext. 102.