I’m writing today’s blog on my 60th birthday. A lot has changed in 60 years:
- Cars –in the mid-fifties, they looked like this …
- Computers – the Personal Computer didn’t exist. The UNIVAC computer was the first mass produced commercial business computer.
- Christ – in the 50’s the Christian Church was not merely an accepted place in society, it was an expected behavior within mainstream culture.
60 years later…
- Cars are faster, safer, more comfortable and more expensive.
- Computers are smaller, faster and process data with greater ease.
- The Christian church has not fared as well in the past 60 years.
Even though Christians are still the majority in America, and in the world, we are now living in a “post-Christian church” era. Secular Humanism is replacing the Christian World View. God is not the Creator of this universe or of mankind. Therefore, there are no absolutes, each man decides what’s truth – right and wrong are individual decisions. Sorry, there is no right or wrong in an amoral society. In an amoral world there is NO GOD. The faith of the Christian Church is not accepted, and the truth of the Bible is not truth.
The ground the Christian faith has lost in the last 60 years is the reason why it is becoming more and more difficult to reach the lost in America.
Our help is (STILL) in the name of the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth. Psalm 124:8 (NIV)
God is (STILL) our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. 2Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, Psalm 46:1-2 (NIV)
How did we lose the ground? The Christian church stopped talking. We stopped engaging the culture with the only hope – Christ. We stopped living our values and started embracing the world’s values.
Can we get back the lost ground? We can but it won’t be easy. We need to see ourselves as missionaries like the Christians in the first century. The first century Christian church thrived and grew in a hostile climate, under extreme persecution. And in a few short years, it influenced the world around it …
Day after day, in the temple courts and from house to house, they never stopped teaching and proclaiming the good news that Jesus is the Christ. Acts 5:42 (NIV)
It is time to get started! Let’s begin right now in prayer:
Father, forgive us for being silent, for failing to speak Your Word of life and hope to a lost and dying world. Forgive us, Lord Jesus for not being Your missionaries, carrying Your name and salvation to the ends of the earth. We know the time is short before the great and glorious day of Your return. Instill in us a sense of urgency that we may rise up in faith and reclaim the ground we have lost so that many more lost souls may become Your children. In Jesus’ name Amen.