For the first time in 200 years the church in the south is declining faster than anywhere else in the nation. The values of yesterday’s front porch have been replaced by the postmodern influence of high-rise and industry. While there may be a church on every corner, many will be empty in 20 years. The answer: a radical reformation of man’s attitude toward God.
I would venture to say that most sitting in the pew on Sunday are there for wrong reasons. Church has become just another part of yesterday’s culture, and this is certainly true in the South. For many, going to church has become something we do as naturally as turning on the TV to watch Saturday afternoon football. We’d be lost without both. Sadly, today’s culture has found other things to occupy their time. The church of today…the people sitting in the pew this Sunday morning…must wake up because the reality of Judges 2:10 is here. “When all that generation had been gathered to their fathers, another generation arose after them who did not know the LORD nor the work which He had done for Israel.”
This map shows you where evangelical Christianity is growing in the U.S. (Pink indicates growth. Blue indicates decline).