Pew Research Center recently wrote about “the decline of Christianity” at a “rapid pace.”
Pew stated: “More than eight-in-10 members of the Silent Generation (those born between 1928 and 1945) describe themselves as Christians (84%), as do three-quarters of Baby Boomers (76%). In stark contrast, only half of millennials (49%) describe themselves as Christians; four-in-10 are religious ‘nones,’ and one-in-10 millennials identify with non-Christian faiths.”
Some scholars, like Byron Johnson of Baylor, object, noting that some Americans described as “nones” actually attend nondenominational churches, but are misclassified as if they are unbelievers.
Still, regardless of the statistical details, it does not bode well for society that Christianity is losing its influence.
In 1798, Timothy Dwight, the president of Yale, warned, “Where there is no religion, there is no morality. … With the loss of religion … the security of life, liberty and property are buried in ruins.”
The scary thing about Christianity losing influence in society is what it means to morality in America — and thus to freedom. As William Penn once noted, “If we will not be governed by God, we must be governed by tyrants.”
Yet our cultural elites do so much to banish any vestiges of religion in the public square.
Even as I write this, the American Center for Law & Justice is dealing with a case involving a retirement center in Florida, where residents display all sorts of lawn ornaments — oh, but there is a 12 inch white cross on one couple’s lawn. The cross is not allowed. Everything else is.
Because of so many liberal judges and so few Christian ones, the courts have sometimes gone to ludicrous lengths to keep any kind of religious — no, I should say Christian — expression out of the public arena. Perhaps the situation is moderately improving, since there are fewer justices on the high court who are legislating from the bench than in previous eras.
However, even to this day, we are still dealing with the damage caused by these court cases which have driven expressions of Judeo-Christian religion out of the public square.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Jerry Newcombe