Both Smithville and LaGrange TX have a large population of German Lutherans.
They make some of the best kolaches in the world, I’m sure!
But how’s the gemutlichkeit?
The Lutherans have moved from being conservative both theologically and politically 30-40 years ago to being liberal today. They along with most other mainline Christian churches have followed the same pattern. (ditto universities and government) This is the story of what happens.
However, you will find individual parishes within all denominations which have been able to remain conservative by careful selection of pastors and smart lay leaders who have recognized the problem of liberal infiltration and maintained a disciplined order of business. They have generally prospered over the years. Not many, but they are there.