Today's Daily Blessing
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Religious People Lead in Humanitarian Work and Volunteering

Despite what the majority of Americans now say in polls about their humanitarian aims and belief that efforts would not diminish without religious organizations, these words become hypocritical as actual facts about volunteering and humanitarian work don’t match those claims.

A world without religion: Less humanitarianism and volunteering

The media is trying to convince you that this generation of religious “nones” possesses the same humanitarian ideals and commitment as people of faith.

By what they say to pollsters, even the majority of Americans seem to be trying to convince themselves that “if there were no people of faith or religious organizations to do them,” the volunteer work in humanitarian efforts we see coming from Faith-based organizations would be just as prevalent.

However, the facts clearly show a different truth.

The religious volunteer 40% more than non-religious

A study by the Pew Research Center found that 45% of Americans who attend church services weekly and pray daily have done volunteer work during the previous week.

Compared to the rest of Americans, only 28% have volunteered. That is a 40% increase among religious Americans than other Americans.

Religious give 2-4 times more to charity

A conglomeration of studies on philanthropy among Americans found that religious Americans gave 2 to 4 times more of their income to charity as compared to those Americans with no religious affiliation.

Reasons to be thankful for religious people

  • Religious hospitals care for 20% of US hospital patients
  • Religious people adopt children at 2.5 times the national rate
  • Religious people host foster kids three years longer
  • Christians make up the bulk of volunteers who mentor prisoners
  • Churches provide the most day-to-day help resettling refugees and asylum seekers arriving in the US
  • 58% of emergency shelter beds are maintained by faith-based providers
  • Churches recruit the bulk of volunteers who operate organizations such as Habitat for Humanity, Meals on Wheels, Big Brothers, Big sisters, and other volunteer-dependent charities, food pantries, feeding programs, and more.
  • And this is but half of the list that people of faith dominate.

Religious people more connected to family and others

Religious people are more connected to other people, taking the admonition to “love your neighbor” and Bible verses about family to heart.

Not only are they more active in their communities through volunteering in humanitarian work, but they also donate more of their income, and spend more time with extended family.

Among religious individuals who attend weekly worship, 47% spend time together with their extended family at least once a month. Only 30% of the rest of the population gathers with family once monthly. That means 23% of the population does not spend time with their extended family even once per month.

Among Americans, nearly half of the time people spend associating with others is church-related.

This tends to point to the possibility that in a secular society, people would tend to behave in more selfish ways, focused on personal goals, have less engagement with others, allocating even less of their time toward the community.

Conclusion: Nonreligious hypocritical on humanitarian claims

The facts show that despite humanitarianism claims by the nonreligious, their real-life actions are hypocritical.

In short, as the nonreligious claim to be more humanitarian, and even strive for humanism as a religion, in reality – they are less connected with other humans.

Their humanitarianism seems to be more of an ideal captured in words and a utopian vision than it is something that is actually put into practice as an everyday reality.

Mary Newman