- White people are dying faster than they are being born
- Whites make up 62% of the population but they account for 78% of the deaths
- All minorities are growing but the non-Hispanic White population is declining
- While the pace of US population growth is slowing, it continues to become more diverse
- Non-Hispanic Whites were the only segment with a higher death rate than birth rate
- Minority population gains account for 95% of the US population increase (due to Asian and Hispanic immigration and birth rate)
- Millenials make up the biggest generation (those born 1982-2000) - 83.1 Million or 25% of the population; outnumbering the Boomers by 8 Million
- For the first time in US history, Whites are a minority among those under age 5
- Since 2010 the overall ages of those under 20 is declining while the numbers of seniors increase as well as those of working age
- From 2015-2060 we will lose something like 23 Million US born Whites and gain 118 Million racial and ethnic minorities and immigrants
- In 2060 non-Hispanic Whites born in the US will account for 40% of the population
- Foreign born Americans will rise from 13% in 2015 to 19% in 2060
- About 2040 or before native-born Whites will become a minority
Demographics cannot solve the problem but it can tell us where not to spin our wheels. Of course the solution is not simply to have more babies (but where might we be if we had not adopted birth control as the norm, taken marriage out the realm of love and sex, and legalized abortion?). But before we go beating ourselves up and saying that the reasons for our decline has to do with failing to be current, relevant, and contemporary (especially in worship), maybe we need to think about this a bit more. The biggest church in the US (and the world) uses a liturgy very similar to ours, their priests wear vestments, and they have sacraments but they are growing. Could it be that the problem is less about Sunday morning and more about our failure to speak the Gospel to those who do not look like us? I am not talking here about foreign missions but the mission to the neighbor across the street who is not attending any church. Could it be that we need to adapt ourselves less to the individual or group cultures of the unchurched and assimilate them into the culture of the faith -- speaking the Gospel, showing to them Christ's love, and being an example of faith and faithfulness?
The best cross cultural outreach is one which does not choose one culture over another but brings to people of every culture the transcendent culture of heaven on earth -- the Divine Service -- and proclaims the glimpse of heaven that is in our midst every Sunday morning. How might things be different for us if we really believed this? The Gospel is not simply cross-cultural but has its own culture that addresses every race and ethnicity.