Monday, April 6, 2009

Thoughts on The End of Christian America

The news media has finally realized that the idea of "Christian America" is a cultural myth. Those of us who study culture have understood this for a long time. There has been a prevailing myth that the US was based upon Christian ideals, when in actuality its founders were largely secular deists who used the influence of the church to provide behavioral constraints upon the populace.

Now Newseek has done an article proclaiming an end even to the myth of Christian America. I believe this has three prophetic implications for the church. First, it helps us realize that we do indeed live in a mission field, not a garden waiting to be harvested. Secondly, it acknowledges that the culture will become increasingly hostile to the practice of overt faith. Lastly, the diminishing of the cultural practice of Christianity will allow for the practice of real faith or for those who attended services out of a sense of obligation to opt out since it is no longer the cultural norm.

Do not be discouraged, this is actually great news! Now the Church can be the Church and abandon its practice of being the "Holy Country Club for Christians." I look forward to the missionary endeavor. I remain:

Consumed by the Call,
Marty

Read the Newseek article here: The End of Christian America | Print Article | Newsweek.com
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