The decline in American morals and spiritual potency after WWII didn’t lack great individual faith. Indeed, faith in God motivated missions abroad and the start of Bible Colleges at home. Lincoln Bible Institute in Lincoln, Illinois, started in 1944 and Ozark Bible College, Joplin, Missouri in 1942. New building programs also proliferated, each a witness to faith in God’s work.
However, that great faith usually expressed itself in the community of believers; with iron sharpening iron, Christians challenging Christians, all advancing together. It was easier to be a church member, since so many were. And easier to embrace a strong Christian ethic, since so many had.
As a result, in the years between January 1942, and May, 1945, many individual disciples, who had grown accustomed to a GROUP consensus to help maintain their faith in God, found themselves weakened or defeated when alone.
In the transition from peace to war, sacrificing their occupations to serve as warriors; no longer bolstered by home, friends and the church; sent to strange places for basic training, then to foreign countries to fight or serve; where they associated with those whose only goal was work or war; and put in situations where anything WENT, and oftentimes everything DID, belief in God, morals and church attendance, suddenly no longer seemed necessary, dominant or relevant. The result being the growth of a galloping secularism, materialism and pluralism in American life. End Part II