A poll released by Gallup on Tuesday found the world “sadder, more worried, and more stressed-out” in 2021 than the year before, pushing its “negative experience index” to a record high of 33 points in the first year of U.S. President Joe Biden’s term.
Gallup’s annual global bummer survey includes adult respondents from 122 countries. In 2021, 42 percent described themselves as “worried,” 41 percent as “stressed,” 28 percent as “sad,” and 23 percent as “angry.” 31 percent said they were in considerable physical pain.
Those figures represent a two-percent increase in worry and pain, plus one-percent increases in stress and sadness, over the year of the Wuhan coronavirus pandemic. On the bright side, anger fell by one point.
Gallup also asks about positive experiences and found them slipping downward for the first time since 2017. Positive experiences include laughter, enjoyment, learning, respect, and feeling well-rested. Laugher increased two points and learning increased by one, but the others all slipped.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, the abandoned people of Afghanistan felt especially miserable under their new masters, the brutal extremists of the Taliban. Not only are they sick, starving, and fearful for their lives, but Afghans are “losing the remaining joy they had,” and they were already the “least-positive country in the world,” although the Central African Republic posted the all-time lowest happiness score in 2017.
“Worry, stress and sadness soared to record levels in Afghanistan in 2021: 80% of Afghans were worried, 74% were stressed, and 61% felt sadness much of the previous day. Notably, no other population in Gallup’s 16‑year trend has ever reported feeling this much worry,” the pollsters reported. Read More …
Opinion: 2 Timothy 1:1-4
“But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, 5 having a form of godliness but denying its power.” 2 Tim. 3:1-4
In context, the term ‘last days’ refers to the entire period between the 1st century and the return of Jesus Christ. During that period, the world will see terrible times of societal degeneration.
In verses 1-4 Paul indicates that the list of character flaws he warned Timothy about were already in the world, but that they would intensify over time. It cannot be denied that these same flaws are present in abundance today.
Verse 5 zeroes in on religious institutions “having a form of godliness but denying its power”, found today in apostate pastors in clerical garb, elders and deacons who diminish the Gospel and focus instead on societal demands like same-sex marriage, homosexual ministers, transgender church leaders/bishops, and women pastors.
“For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but having itching ears, they shall heap to themselves teachers in accordance with their own lusts.” 2 Timothy 4:3
On June 17 we posted this headline from Gallup here:
Belief in God in U.S. Dips to 81%, a New Low
- 81% believe in God, down from 87% in 2017
- New low in Gallup’s trend
- Four in 10 believe God can intervene on people’s behalf
The vast majority of U.S. adults believe in God, but the 81% who do so is down six percentage points from 2017 and is the lowest in Gallup’s trend. Between 1944 and 2011, more than 90% of Americans believed in God.
Gallup’s May 2-22 Values and Beliefs poll finds 17% of Americans saying they do not believe in God.
The stage is being set for the final religion that will come upon the nations at the end of the Church Age when Jesus Christ calls up believers to the heavenlies 1 (Thess. 4:16-17).
In the meantime, we will do well to heed the final exhortation that Paul spoke to Timothy:
“And from such people turn away!”
(see Tract #4, Help in Time of Need HERE)