We Feel Powerless
Religion has long been associated with power, but right now, we’re not talking about money or fame or obedience.
We’re talking spiritual power.
This is the power to ask a higher power for help in times of great need. This is the ability to pray for intervention or protection or success. In short, this is the ability to ask something bigger than yourself for change. Whatever you might believe about the existence of God or the supernatural, the ability to pray to a benevolent God is immensely comforting.
But now, as more and more people join the ranks of former believers, that comfort is waning. The spiritual world, for this group, is no longer taking requests.
Instead, the spirits simply do as they wish.
It’s frightening to be powerless, and even more frightening to feel that you are at the whim of unseen forces over which you have no sway at all, and that there is no prayer to alleviate bad luck, attract good fortune, or dispel evil intent.
Without that familiar comfort that comes with the ability to pray, and to have that prayer answered, spiritual people in a secular world can easily feel utterly powerless.