Does the Church Have Less Influence Today?

 

This is not a trick question.  When I grew up, it was very normative to be a Christian.  In fact, it was weird if you weren’t.

I had a couple of Jewish friends and when I found out they went to worship on Saturday, I felt sorry for them because that’s when all the good cartoons were on television.  If they tried to watch TV on Sunday, all they could see were worship services.  And by worship services, I mean Christian worship services.

There were plenty of things that were closed on Sundays and there was nary a school activity on Wednesday night.  It was easy to be a Christian because our culture didn’t allow for much choice in the matter.  Or at least, it made it easy to attend due to lack of competition.

In the Church today, its members are facing a very different reality.  There are loads of options during Sunday morning worship.  In fact, most of the congregation brings the options with them into worship today:

Cell phones.

These little wonders contain all the distractions one could ask for:

videos

books

games

articles

music

even voyeurism - err, I mean social media.

So people in today’s United States must actively choose to turn off the phone and engage in their faith.  And before you text me that your Bible app, prayer app, worship app, faithful living app, church app helps you in your faith, I meant turning off the phone in a metaphorical sense.

This is the sense that we must turn away from the world and try to hear what God may have for us.  I don’t mean turn our back on the needs of the world, I mean that we must turn away from the message of the world that constantly cries out, “It’s all about you!”

This Sunday, we will continue in the series, “Living a Resurrection Faith in a Post-Christian World” and I will try to address the question in today’s blog title.  We’ll look at Acts 4:5-12 and see how Peter’s word for the elders of the day is still Peter’s word for us.

And spoiler alert, the answer to the question, as always, is up to you.

In Christ,
Sam

Check out Sam’s Blog here:  http://precedinggrace.blogspot.com.
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