Some would say, “I hope not,” and others will say “I hope so.” Over the past few decades, there have been subtle and not so subtle assaults on the Christian values and principles that were evident in our nation’s founding and have been present since. Like most erosions, there has been a slow removal of various Christian identifiers in our public spectrum and there has been an evolution in some churches which has resulted in a decline in the number of Americans identifying as Christian. Those who have argued vehemently that there must be a TOTAL SEPARATION of Church and State to the point that nothing of Christianity can be seen in any public building or activity are growing in number. Yet, over 70% of Americans profess to be Christian. I somehow wonder about that percentage with the present condition of our world and the political correctness that is running amok.
There was a recent survey that supposedly interviewed or questioned over 100,000 people and the result was interesting and disturbing at the same time. The number of Americans who, as the survey reported, identify as white and Christian is less than 50%. This survey was conducted by the Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI) and they reported that forty years ago, 8 out of 10 Americans were white Christians and now those identifying as white Christians make up only about 17% of the population compared to 23% just 10 years earlier. There are many possible reasons for this decline and one of them is assuredly the influx of non-white immigrants, legal and illegal now residing in America. Most mainline denominations have lost membership in recent years and the Southern Baptist Convention, the largest Protestant group in America lost over 15 MILLION members last year, according to Chuck Kelley, president of the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.
One-third of Republicans say they are white evangelicals, and nearly three-quarters identify as white Christians. If you compare that to the Democrat Party, you find that white Christians are a significant minority shrinking from 47% ten years ago, to only 29% in 2016. Over 40% of Democrats declare they have no religious affiliation. That should come as no surprise in a Political Party that booed God and voted Him out of their National Convention. In American Catholics, 55% identify as white, compared to 87% 25 years ago, and in the last 10 years the white Catholic population in the United States has dropped from 16% to 11% and white mainline Protestants declined from 18% to 13% of all Americans.
Frankly, the effort to identify the percentage of white Christians is somewhat disturbing because Christianity knows no skin color or ethnicity. I am far more concerned about the percentage of people in America and the world who are Christians than I am about percentages in any ethnicity. I attribute many if not most of our societal problems to the decline in our moral moorings and am concerned about my America. I pray that we are still a Christian nation and will return to our first love. You may disagree with that and it is your right and privilege but it is my prayer and hope.
I could offer many quotes from our Framers and Founding Fathers regarding their view of the importance of God and the Bible in America but I will restrict it to the Inaugural address of our 1st President, George Washington. President Washington said, “I dwell on this prospect with every satisfaction which an ardent love for my Country can inspire: since there is no truth more thoroughly established, than that there exists in the economy and course of nature, an indissoluble union between virtue and happiness, between duty and advantage, between the genuine maxims of an honest and magnanimous policy, and the solid rewards of public prosperity and felicity: Since we ought to be no less persuaded that the propitious smiles of Heaven, can never be expected on a nation that disregards the eternal rules of order and right, which Heaven itself has ordained: And since the preservation of the sacred fire of liberty, and the destiny of the Republican model of Government, are justly considered as deeply, perhaps as finally staked, on the experiment entrusted to the hands of the American people.” Our founders understood and believed that God’s hand was in the formation and founding of this nation and we had a daunting responsibility to both God and man to be a nation guided by divine principles and offer a moral mooring and hope to the world.
In Leviticus 26, God instructed Moses concerning obedience and in verses 1-13, He gave a promise of His blessing and defense of the nation if they people would honor Him and walk in His precepts. Then in verses 14 forward, He identifies the problems that will be on the nation and people that reject Him. If America rejects God and the principles of the Bible, as we have allowed our elected officials to do at the urging of the leftist, liberal, anti-God segment of our society we will suffer. We are suffering some of the problems identified in Leviticus 26 and missing some of the blessings of protection and provision promised for obedience.
You may reject my Christian argument and that is your choice. I am unashamedly a Christian, an American, a patriot, and a citizen of this great nation. I have watched her decline in my few decades on the planet and am now engaged as fervently and actively as I can to see the trend stopped of drifting away from our Christian heritage and a return to those principles and precepts that made this nation, arguably, the greatest nation on Earth. I wish that all would accept Jesus Christ as their savior. I staunchly defend and embrace the Constitution and the ideals presented in it and our Declaration of Independence. I truly believe that all men are created equal in the sense they all have the right to “Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.” I want Liberty and Justice for all without regard to their ethnicity, skin color, political, or religious ideology and beliefs. I stand firmly in favor of our inalienable rights and those affirmed in the Constitution and Bill of Rights. I am Pro-America and want to see America return to her status of Greatness that is a beacon of hope for the world. That is why I am vocal and prayerful about matters political and will work diligently to remove from office every politician who does not firmly stand for the Constitution as it was written and intended.
God, bless you and God bless America. I ask that you join me in fighting for Faith, Family, and Freedom peacefully and prayerfully.