by John Ellis
Save, O Lord, for the godly one is gone; for the faithful have vanished from among the children of man. Everyone utters lies to his neighbor; with flattering lips and a double heart they speak. Psalm 12:1-2
This past Sunday, the Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington hosted a lecture by Dr. Robert P. Jones, CEO of the Public Religion Institute and the author of The End of White Christian America. Dr. Jones’ lecture was an informative statistical look at the shifting demographics in America as well as his diagnosis of what propelled President-elect Donald Trump to victory in the face of those shifting demographics. The Q/A session following the lecture was a mix of handwringing from the aging, mostly-white, liberal crowd balanced by Dr. Jones’ dry (in a good way) massaging of the frantic questions back to salient talking points.
I attended the lecture at the behest of my pastor. As it began, I contemplated a variety of angles I could take in order to write an article for PJ Media. But, as Dr. Robert Jones spoke, it became clear that what I wanted to say wouldn’t resonate well with the majority of my readers at PJ Media. Entering the lecture, my view of evangelicals in America was already dim; leaving the lecture, those thoughts had begun to collate into a cogent idea. An idea that probably won’t find favor with those who voted to make America great again.