“Here in the United States, I think it’s dim.”
If we take a look at the statistics in America, instead of seeing growth and advancement in the church, we are seeing decline and increasing division. Sometimes it’s hard to hear news of explosive growth in places like the Middle East and Asia and not be discouraged about our own state of affairs here in the U.S.
Yet one thing that seems to be shifting is our concept of unity; more specifically, the great need we have for it. This should give us a lot of hope. It feels as if our culture has called the church’s bluff over the past few decades—expecting more from us and refusing to turn a blind eye to our hypocrisy. We can write culture’s opinions off as unfounded accusations (and truthfully, some of them are), but I think it would be wiser of us to sift through the criticism and see what is valid and how the Lord is asking us to change.
What can we learn from other leaders? What can we learn from non-believers who see a side of us other than the one we present on Sunday mornings? These are questions the creators of the new film “Future of the Church” are asking church leaders, business leaders, Christians, and others across our nation.
The creators of the film ask a pertinent question of us: “Is Jesus enough for God’s people? Is simply loving him—as the first commandment and the first priority and the first thing—is that enough for the church and for the unsaved people out there?”
Can we honestly say, along with Paul, “For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified” (1 Corinthians 2:2)?
I think if we’re ready to put ourselves in a posture of humility, we could really learn a lot from these interviews and the resulting film.
I watch the trailer and feel hope stirring in my heart for the American church. Mostly I am reminded of how much God loves his bride.
What are your thoughts?