This week, I am concluding our series on the “currents” running through our culture that, in the span of just 50 years, have turned Christianity into an increasingly minority religion in the United States.
Here are the remaining currents in the categories of media/technology and mission:
The media saturates our lives. The average person under the age of 30 now spends virtually every waking minute using a smart phone, computer, television or other electronic device. The power of the media to shape our thinking has never been greater.
The supersaturation of media has turned us into shallow thinkers. We are also more isolated relationally, and increasingly narcissistic (self-absorbed).
Increasingly, media outlets aren’t just biased, but have a specific agenda.
We live in the “Age of Celebrity,” and increasingly turn to celebrities for our information on complex subjects. Those with actual knowledge about complex subjects are relegated to the margins.
Clash of Civilizations
The single greatest threat & challenge to Christianity in the coming years is Islam. The remaining unreached people-groups of the world are largely Muslim and very resistant to the gospel. The Church will require a mighty work of God in order to fulfill the Great Commission.
Whatever Happened to Evangelism?
Just when fulfillment of the Great Commission is becoming the hardest (see above), more-and-more Christians (at least in the West) are becoming increasingly apathetic about evangelism. Much of this is due to rising beliefs in pluralism (all religions lead to God) and/or universalism (everyone will be saved).
I want to conclude the series the same way it began: by quoting I Chronicles 12:32.
“From the tribe of Issachar, there were 200 leaders, . . . All these men understood the signs of the times and knew the best course for Israel to take.”
May we be like the men of Issachar . . . understanding the times and knowing what must be done.