April 17, 2013
Will wonders never cease? In the midst of an unprecedented avalanche of negative media against traditional religious values and the groups espousing them, a strongly pro-traditional religious values story made the cover of the most recent Time (April 15, 2013). Titled “The Latino Reformation,” the story’s subtitle, “Inside the new Hispanic churches transforming religion in America,” describes how the tremendous upsurge in Latino “born-again” evangelicals is transforming not only Latino culture, but American Christianity. The reporter, Elizabeth Dias, profiles some leading Latino evangelical churches to chronicle the transformation being wrought in Latino and American Christianity.
Time points out that while Latinos made up 17 percent of the U.S. population in 2011 they will be 29 percent of the population by 2050.
Millions of Latinos came to America seeking a better material life for themselves and for their families. Once they arrived, many were “evangelized” and had their spiritual lives transformed by evangelicals, and have become Pentecostals, Baptists and other denominations of evangelicals by the hundreds of thousands. For example, there are 40,800 churches in the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, 3,200 Latino Southern Baptist churches and 2,500 Latino Assemblies of God.