A friend called my attention to the Gallup poll on the Importance of Religion, broken down by states. Once on their web site, I learned the religion poll was one of a four-part series, “State of the States,” a series that reveals state-by-state differences in political party affiliation, religiosity, consumer confidence, and job market conditions based on Gallup Poll Daily tracking data collected throughout 2008.
But my interest was mainly in the Importance of Religion data. I was surprised to find Idaho, where I live, in the “less religious” category. After all, we have the second highest population of Mormons outside of Utah, and the Boise area has a strong Christian community.
Of course, authentic Christianity isn’t about being religious. It’s about having a relationship. Big difference between the two, although those who don’t know Christ have a hard time telling the difference. Understandable, since I didn’t know the difference either before I met the living Lord.
Are you surprised to see where your state fell in the least to the most religious of states?