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In the United States, Christianity remains to be the most popular religion among citizens. However, over the years, the number of people who not only identify as Christian, but have any religious affiliation at all has greatly declined.

For Christianity specifically, in just eight years, the number of Christians in America has decreased by over 8 percent. These numbers are true across the board until the factor of ethnicity is added to the equation. Based on data collected by Pew Research, black churches are still thriving. Here’s why.

First, for most black Americans, church is more cultural than anything else. While religion does serve as the basis of the culture, the black church is often the place where blacks socialize, gather politically and even for psychological counseling. Unlike many other churches where religious leaders many tell members of its congregation to seek medical help, the black church always says “look to God.” This is all only a small part of a much bigger picture.

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