By Victor Ochieng
A new study has been released on the state of religion in America. The report clearly shows that Christianity is on an acute decline in the country, and there is a “dramatic transformation” that’s being witnessed across the nation.
There are two main revelations from the 2016 study that had 101,000 respondents: White Christians are no longer the majority of the American population, accounting for only 43%, compared to 81% in 1976; and only less than half of U.S. 50 states have a majority White Christian population.
While there are several reasons that can be said to have contributed to such changes, Ann Brock of The Old Black Church Blog believes it’s mainly because of the questionable conduct of many White Evangelists, particularly their loud silence on cases of injustice witnessed across the country; their blind support for President Donald Trump, as well as their clear opposition against anything and everything that doesn’t check with their beliefs.
One thing that has also become quite evident is the fact that many of the American Christian denominations are showing greater diversity even as the number of White Christians in the mainstream Protestant and Catholic churches, which used to be the majority is showing a serious decline.
Also important to note is the fact that many of these denominations have younger faces, coming from diverse races, says the study released by the Public Religion Research Institute.
American Evangelicals earlier appeared to be immune to the kind of decline in numbers that were being experienced by the Catholic and Protestant Churches, but that too has changed as they’re also hit by the shrinking numbers.
Interestingly, even Americans who say they’re religious are also moving away from organized religion, with atheists, agnostics and “nones” have a steady ground at 24% of the American population. The departure from organized religion has in many cases been attributed to the growing desire by many to practice religion at their own times and will, without the kind of pressure they feel when they’re under the leadership of their pastors, bishops, and other church leaders.
The study, which was conducted in 50 states, has a 0.4 percentage point margin of error. But even as there are transformations in many of American religions, in terms of numbers, it also indicates a notable change in the segment that used to be the American religious powerhouse, which is White Evangelicals.
“This report provides solid evidence of a new, second wave of white Christian decline that is occurring among white evangelical Protestants just over the last decade in the U.S.,” said Robert P. Jones, PRRI’s CEO and author of “The End of White Christian America.”
If the church wants to change the direction things are taking, they’ve got to go back to preaching the Precious Blood of Jesus Christ.