America's most urgent need as the New Year begins is national repentance.
"I am struck by the high level of anxiety and worry on all fronts," said Robert Jones, CEO of the Public Religion Research Institute, as PRRI released its American Values Survey November 17.
There are many obvious causes of national nervousness: terrorism, crime and domestic unrest, political weakness and uncertainty, economic woes, and moral collapse, to name a few.
Yet there is unidentifiable angst in the national soul. In our travels and interactions with people across the United States, we conclude this hidden distress is spiritual.