Christianity in the United States is dead, but not for the reasons you think. It has nothing to do with declining membership in the mainline or even in megachurches. You don’t need a single statistic about worship attendance, or any reports about the “nones” and their disillusionment with the culture wars to tell Christianity has no pulse – although our obsession with such statistics is a good indicator how far progressed the decay is.
Here is all you need to know: in a country where 78.4% of people call themselves Christian (that’s about 246,000,000 people), over 50,000,000 people don’t have enough food. Assuming total overlap of these two demographics (unlikely) that still means that only 1 in 4 Christians would have to find 1 hungry person to feed and we would have 0 hungry people in this country.
Not enough evidence Christianity is a corpse? Try this: in a country that considers itself 4/5 Christian we have over 3% of our adult population in prison or on parole. We are only 5% of the world’s population, but have over 25% of the world’s prison population.
Want more? What are you a necrophiliac? Here: led by presidents who often publicly proclaim their Christian faith and supported by overwhelmingly Christian legislators, in the past decade we have initiated military actions in Iraq and Afghanistan (as well as Libya and a few other places our drones are roaming) which have killed at least 150,000 people by the most conservative estimates (actual figures are probably much higher).
I could offer lots of other examples (such as the amount we spend on Christmas versus the cost of eliminating world hunger) but you get the point. If by Christianity you mean the way of life that Jesus of Nazareth demonstrated and encouraged his disciples to propagate, then it’s been dead in this country for a long long time and we’re finally starting to notice the stink.