Gallup has been taking polls on religious attendance since 1937, when 73% of Americans said they attended a church or other house of worship.
In 1999, that number was still at 70%.
In 2020, it was at 47% – the first time in American history that church members were in the minority:
Here's what the Gallup poll showed:
"The decline in church membership is primarily a function of the increasing number of Americans who express no religious preference. Over the past two decades, the percentage of Americans who do not identify with any religion has grown from 8% in 1998-2000 to 13% in 2008-2010 and 21% over the past three years."
In other words, Americans are not necessarily less religious, they just don't associate with traditional religions.
The rise of Wokism makes a little more sense now, doesn't it?
The poll noted that there was a decline among all subgroups they tracked, but that the largest dips were among Catholics, Democrats, the unmarried, non-college graduates, and those living on the East Coast.
The lowest dip were in groups counter to these:
"In addition to Protestants, declines in church membership are proportionately smaller among political conservatives, Republicans, married adults and college graduates. These groups tend to have among the highest rates of church membership, along with Southern residents and non-Hispanic Black adults."
Gallup says thousands of churches are closing each year, and while that's discouraging, the American church has been sick for a long time.
- She's been infected with the prosperity gospel and materialism.
- She's been focused on seeker sensitivity and tolerance – at the expense of the offending message of Christ crucified.
- She's become enthralled by the lure of Marxist ideals of equity.
- She's been too busy measuring what's right by the world's standards than God's.
- She's been too afraid to speak the truth.
Despite that, there is good news. While the American church is declining, the Bride of Christ is becoming more refined, more beautiful, and will ultimately become more healthy than ever.
I'll leave you with a word of encouragement that I learned from a pretty cool guy in this comic: