I was in the same boat when we moved here. I wasn't around kids in LA, but my wifes
family had tons of them. I asked a question one day & got a most blank look. It was
something about the Mason - Dixon line. Not only could they not tell what it represented,
they never heard of it. HS graduates, through 6th graders. Not a single child in the 4 area
school districts had ever heard of it.
see, here's the thing most non-Christians don't get.
Jesus basically taught that a (kind of) communist thinking on ones own was good.
To 'Impose' it one others is the fault.
It has to come from ones own heart, and that isn't acquired from imposition.
Paul basically said..."what good you do doesn't matter, if it isn't done with love"