In the era of Trump’s presidency, multi-racial churches are growing in prominence. Their organizing is a response to and departure from the racism embedded in predominantly white evangelical Christianity, ThinkProgress reported an article that features CRCC research associate Andrew Johnson.
Here’s an excerpt:
Sociologist Andrew Johnson, a research associate at the University of Southern California’s Center for Religion and Civic Culture, said that some Christian organizations shy away from discussions about race and gender for fear of alienating their members. He argues that evangelical churches are facing an identity crisis after Trump’s election, and it will likely result in progressive evangelicals distancing themselves from a term that’s become synonymous with a conservative religious agenda. Instead of evangelicals, he predicts that they’ll call themselves Jesus-followers or redemption Christians.
“The biggest work churches need to do is redeem their moral voice in society,” he said. “Over the past few decades, they have sacrificed being an unattached kind of moral voice for political power. People in this country no longer look to churches for moral guidance.”
Johnson said getting the public to view the church differently will be a difficult task but that multicultural churches may serve as a beacon for others.