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The ubiquitous Pew Research Center recently noted in a survey that Christianity has taken a dramatic drop in this country, an almost 8 percent drop. This is an unwelcome development.

Is is it any wonder that wars are being waged around the globe, killings in our neighborhoods and schools, discrimination is now out of the shadow, frenetic intemperance rising and the "what's in it for me mentality" permeates in every corner of our nation? The adoration of power and money is rapidly replacing God Almighty.

In Plato's book, "The Republic," he "saw in democratic societies a danger that the desires of the people for bodily satisfaction would outrun the resources of the state and result, eventually, in tyranny."

Aristotle, too, "felt that the people, being free, would allow their desires to become disorderly and inimical to the common good." In Russell Kirk's essay he cites that "disorder in the soul reflects itself in disorder in the country." Are we not seeing this now?

John Horvat ll explained in "Return to Order" that we have stooped so deep with the breakdown of moral codes that we should wonder how society will survive. Politically, we have reached a point of immobility and polarization, making it difficult to get anything done. One need only look at Congress and the Tea Party.

Once we were a country solidly united around God, flag and family, but now all seems fragmented and polarized.

I have no doubt that unless we have the courage to draw upon our rich Christian foundation and place our trust in providence, we are bound for disaster.

President Dwight Eisenhower exclaimed that "our form of life and government has no sense unless it is founded in a deeply felt religious faith, and I don't care what it is."

Pope Francis spoke for many, of all religions, when he implored us "to exercise a more robust expression of our faith."

God talk is a positive!

Please note, I do not presume to be so righteous, but I'm working on it and not ashamed if it.

Tony Barreda, of East Chicago, is president of Union Benefica Mexicana. The opinions are the writer's.


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Senior reporter Doug Ross, an award-winning writer, has been covering Northwest Indiana for more than 35 years, including more than a quarter of a century at The Times.