Preparing for a Post-Christian Culture (Part 3)

As we continue our examination of our culture, we need to assess it honestly.  (An excellent book about this is J. Paul Nyquist’s book Prepare: Living Your Faith in an Increasingly Hostile Culture.)  We can be optimistic, like little orphan Annie, and sing, “The Sun’ll Come Up Tomorrow,” or, we can be pessimistic, like Eeyore from Winnie the Pooh, and claim calamity at every turn.  However, we can be realistic, and see things not as we want them to be, neither all good nor all bad, but as they truly are.  If we are realistic in our approach, we’ll see that we need to be godly in a new culture.  We cannot afford to simply mourn the loss of the good ol’ days.

The future of our American culture will be marked by a number of things.  One will be continued rapid change.  People will invent new technologies, alter lifestyles, and discard the old for the new.

In addition, there will be more anti-Christian reaction to morals and values that once undergirded our culture.  Instead of being “the way things are”, these morals will be viewed as prudish and old fashioned, out-of-step with the times.

As the older generation dies, it will take with it their values and their votes, thus increasing the change of American culture.  Simply voting for a particular referendum will not succeed due to the numbers of people who vote in opposition to the former way of life.

Finally, there will be a growth in individual and institutional persecution of Christians.  Since they will be viewed as an obstacle to creating a utopia, these believers will face various forms of persecution: rejection by friends, family, and community members; financial loss by fines and penalties levied against them; job loss as Christians hold to biblical values and beliefs; and finally marginalization as a sub-group of the culture that doesn’t seem to “get it.”

The key for Christians will be to be God’s people in the midst of this change, continuing to walk in God’s ways as followers of Jesus.

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