In this year, the world is becoming more and more pious and nothing less. Faith in a religion is starting to grow with the population starting to expand through most of the Global South. Last year, around 50 million more Christians were reported from Africa, thereby making Africa the continent with maximum support for Christianity in the world of 631 million.
In the U.S., a tale of religious wane and increasing secularism is now culturally approved. The percentage of non-believers or having no religious connection is increasing, especially among millennials. However, one should try to know about the extensive trends and challenges that lie below the headlines, which are likely to shape the future of faith.
White U.S. gatherings are shriveling. From 1991 to 2014, the number of white Protestants diminished by a third, a tendency that will go on till many ages. Although 20% of Americans are 18 to 34 years of age, only 1 in 10 white Protestant gathering mirrors their participation. Therefore, more than half of U.S. groups now have less than 100 members. Around hundreds of group is going to close this year.
Even if one sees growth in American Christian religious belief, it is driven mainly by nonwhites, be it Catholic or Protestant, Evangelical or mainline. Over the last half-century, 71% of growth in Catholicism has been possible from its Hispanic community. In the Assemblies of God, one of the few U.S. creed shows general growth, white membership slightly reducing whereas nonwhite membership increased by 43% over 10 years.
In the eyes of the global church, the “Trump Effect” has weakened the uprightness of Christian witness in America. Most of the leaders of non-American church can’t accept the public support showered to President Trump by some of the conservative U.S. church leaders. They can’t even comprehend the blaring silence of others. American Christianity across various beliefs faces the pressing de-Americanizing. The world won’t give any validity to adaptation of the gospel that immerses American power, wealth and global reach with concept of spiritual blessing, chiefly under Trump’s leadership.