Here, in living color, we see the church’s failure to engage an entire generation:
The graphic comes from the Public Religion Research Institute. You’ll notice that it also undermines the evangelical claim that they’re doing better with younger generations than progressive Christians. You’ll see that’s not true. In fact, the evangelical drop is more precipitous than the mainline drop — they’ve also got further to fall.
And, the survey shows, as Whites lose majority in the US, they (we?) tend to long for the good ol’ days:
Demographic differences are reflected in sharply contrasting evaluations of how American culture and way of life has changed since the 1950s. A majority (54%) of Americans say that since the 1950s, American culture and way of life has mostly changed for the worse, while 4-in-10 (40%) say it has mostly changed for the better.
- There are significant racial divisions, with 61% of white Americans reporting that American culture has changed for the worse, while majorities of black (56%) and Hispanic Americans (51%) report that things have changed for the better.
The days of reckoning for the White church — both mainline and evangelical — are upon us. Of that there is no doubt.
HT: Gerardo Marti