Is Christianity headed south?
Year after year, Western culture continues to grow increasingly secularized. Secularization is—in the words of Baptist theologian R. Albert Mohler—
the process by which a society becomes more and more distant from its Christian roots. Though the formal sociological theory is more complicated than that, the essence of secularization is the fact that the culture no longer depends upon Christian symbols, morals, principles, or practices.
Even as the United States and Europe grow more secular, most of the world—particularly in the Southern Hemisphere—remains resolutely unsecular, and the church’s greatest growth is happening south of Equator. Take a look at this video to understand what this means for the future of the Christianity.
Christianity Goes South
Discuss in the Comments:
After watching the video, consider how Christianity may look different when your grandchildren are your age. It is possible that the primary evangelical publishing and educational centers will be found south of the Equator. The average member of your denomination will probably be African or Latin American, not Anglo or Caucasian. Faced with this beautifully multi-hued and multi-cultured future, what should churches be doing now to prepare themselves to remain faithful to the gospel in the future?