Christianity in America

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Young Christians are leaving church in America.
Christianity was introduced in North America by European explorers and colonizers.
When the colonizer came to America, they did not consider the cultural and religious aspects of
the natives. The colonizers believed the natives' culture was useless. Although many people were
focusing on national and political considerations, Christianity also flourished. The Spanish and
French Catholic missionaries were the first to come to America in the sixteen century. By mid
sixteen century, the Spanish had established Catholic Church missions in Florida and Mexico.
The missionaries wanted to spread the gospel to all people. Many people got converted during
that era. However, after some time, the number of Christian started to decline.
According to a survey by Mohler, the population of Christians declined from 86% to 76%
since 1990. The decline is associated with many young people parting ways with the church.
Research by CNN polls indicates that the America's Christianity has dropped for the past years.
The polls also showed that 95%of young people aged between 20 and 29 years went to church
frequently throughout elementary and middle school years. But only 11% of youth were going to
church at the college level. This data indicates a significant challenge to the next generation of
believers. The primary concern is, however, the worrying trade of many youths attending church
but the numbers decrease as they advance to higher education levels.
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The decline is evident in the country's most redoubtable religions: Catholics and
Protestants. On the other hand, the Islam and Hinduism have recorded significant gains. People
who do not have any faith affiliation form 23% of America's adult population while the Catholics
and Protestants form 21% and 14.7% respectively. The number of the ‘nones' has been
significantly increasing for the past seven years. Although 85% of Americans born between 1928
and 1945 call themselves Christians as well as the 56% of today's youth, the succeeding
generations include fewer Christians. In other words, the older generation of Christians is not
passing over the Christianity values to the young generation.
Many young people in the current generation lack a religious affiliation. It is because of
several factors which make reluctant on being associated with any religion. For instance, break
down of families leaves the youth without role model who they can emulate concerning
Christianity religion. As a result, many opt to be unaffiliated as they do not have exposure to role
models who can guide them and educate them on Christianity matters.
Racial diversity is also linked to the collapsing Christianity religion. The growing number
of Hispanic Catholics which is almost catching up with the White Catholics represents a change
in the racial and religious identity of America (Wuthow 22). But the main reason for the
diversity is the increasing number of non-belief Americans. The number of unaffiliated people is
expected to increase as the young generation is the most non-religious group in America.
Politically, researchers indicate that conservative Christians, who are mostly the white, are losing
grip on power. The young people, as a result, have a feeling that the country is ignoring the
conservative Christian values and advocating for liberal and secular outlook.
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Young people who drop out of church claim that the people at the judge are judgmental
and thus they do not connect to them. Other church members are unfriendly and unwelcoming
therefore the youth do not feel contended at the church. Some young adults also feel the church
is overprotective. Many young people in the modern society want to explore different ideas
concerning trending issues all over the world. The church, however, seems to demonize
everything else outside it. The young people also feel that the church tends to ignore problems of
the real world and also has strict measures concerning movies, music, and even videos. As a
result, the youth drop out to explore the world freely without feeling intimidated (Boswell 16).
Church's view on sexuality is another reason for the declining number of Christian
youths. One of the worries of the young people is how to maintain the church's perspective of
chastity and sexual purity. Many teenagers are sexually active just like the non-Christians. Some
of them feel that the church is putting strict measures concerning this issue. They also think that
the church judges them because of the mistakes they do. They also think that the church's
teaching on sexuality and contraceptives need to be updated.
Another reason why youth feel detached from church or confidence is the pressure they
feel amongst Christianity and science. The most widely recognized of the observations in this
field is "Christians are excessively certain they know every answer" (35%). Three out of ten
youthful grown-ups with a Christian foundation feel that "holy places are out of the venture with
the logical world we live in" (29%). Another quarter grasps the discernment that "Christianity is
hostile to science" (25%). What's more, almost a similar extent (23%) said they have "been killed
by the creation-versus-development talk about." Furthermore, the exploration demonstrates that
numerous science-disapproved of youthful Christians are attempting to discover methods for
remaining reliable to their convictions and their expert bringing in science-related enterprises.
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According to Dawson, Lorne, and Douglas (200), more young Americans have been
shaped by a culture that regards liberality, resistance, and acknowledgment. The present youth
and youthful grown-ups likewise are the most diverse age in American history regarding race,
ethnicity, sexuality, religion, innovative apparatuses and wellsprings of a specialist. Most
youthful adults need to discover territories of shared conviction with each other, once in a while
regardless of whether that implies bypassing good contrasts. Three out of ten young Christians
(29%) said "temples fear the convictions of different religions" and an indistinguishable extent
felt they are "compelled to pick between my confidence and my companions." One-fifth of
youthful grown-ups with a Christian foundation said: "church resembles a nation club, just for
insiders" (22%).
Youthful grown-ups with Christian experience say the congregation isn't a place that
enables them to express questions. They don't feel safe conceding that occasionally Christianity
does not bode well. Likewise, many think that the congregation's reaction to questioning is
insignificant. A portion of the observations in such manner incorporate not being capable "to ask
my most squeezing life inquiries in church" (36%) leading to "huge scholarly questions about my
confidence" (23%). In a related topic of how holy places battle to help youthful grown-ups who
feel underestimated, around one out of each six youthful grown-ups with a Christian foundation
said their confidence "does not help with misery or other passionate issues" they encounter
(18%) (Freston 102).
The number of youths leaving the church is not, however, a problem in all religions.
There are some churches which record a significantly high number of teenagers going to church.
The church ministry should catch up with the advancing technology and use it to educate the
youth on Christianity. The church should also teach the youth using a flexible way. The church
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can also establish organizations or seminars where the youths mingle and are educated on
different Christian issues. Through the incorporation of the use of technology and better ways of
ministering the youth will remain in the church.
The Christians need to stand firm despite the challenges it faces. They should encourage
each other and help the youth realize the worth of being a Christian. The church should solve
issues facing the youth, like sexuality without sounding judgmental. The teenager, on the other
hand, should strive and fight for their religion: dropping out is not the solution.
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Works Cited
Boswell, John. Christianity, social tolerance, and homosexuality: Gay people in Western Europe
from the beginning of the Christian era to the fourteenth century. University of Chicago
Press, 2015.
Dawson, Lorne L., and Douglas E. Cowan, eds. Religion online: Finding faith on the Internet.
Routledge, 2013.
Freston, Paul. Evangelical Christianity and Democracy in Latin America. Oxford University
Press, 2008.
Kinnaman, David, and Aly Hawkins. You lost me: Why young Christians are leaving church...
and rethinking faith. Baker Books, 2011.
Wuthnow, Robert. America and the challenges of religious diversity. Princeton University Press,

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