Sunday, March 31, 2019

What Does The Culture Change Mean For the Church?

I have a further thought on the Annihilation of Time and Space, which I wrote about last week.

We think it is very possibly not good, that it is a sign of further erosion of Western Civilization. Like others before us, we likely see only what is being lost, not what is being gained. Yet even if we are right, does it affect salvation and the work of God in a negative way?  I believe Western Civ is an outgrowth of Christian thought and practice and resent that credit is not given.  But it is also true that Europe has now largely abandoned the faith, and the society no longer supports Christian growth as it once did. North America follows. We likely see this more clearly in New England, which already has European levels of church attendance and Christian practice. In the rest of the country, the urban areas are also signalling their surrender, however much denominational headquarters want to focus their energies on The City. (Their reasons are not entirely pure. See The City)

Western Civilization is my intellectual home, and I do not like to see any good thing go away. Yet from a strict soul-winning perspective, I'm not sure I can defend it.  I can defend its great alleviation of pain and oppression, but those are things that will go away.

1 comment:

james said...

"The old order changeth, yielding place to new, And God fulfils Himself in many ways, Lest one good custom should corrupt the world."

Christendom was the heart of Western Civilization, but Western Civilization was never the only possible outcome. The West compromised and blended Christianity with neutral and evil themes--just as it would have anywhere.