Psalm 11:1-3 (ESV)
3 if the foundations are destroyed,
what can the righteous do?
If? I guess as long as there is one Christ follower left the foundations won’t be destroyed. Well, wait. Wrong. As long as there is God, the foundations will never be destroyed, so they never will. But here – what about this world?
We have given the maintenance of the foundation over to the world. Through secularization, pluralism, privatization, Christianity has lost / is losing relevance in society. Why?
“Secularization refers to the historical process in which religion loses social and cultural significance. As a result of secularization the role of religion in modern societies becomes restricted. In secularized societies faith lacks cultural authority, and religious organizations have little social power.”
When you look at the state of the west today, we are thoroughly secularized and losing the battle for relevance. Why?
Are we living a life as Christ calls us to? Or have we become comfortable as a religion – living inside our walls, curtains closed, content to venture out to warm the pew and be taught about how good things are going to be?
We have allowed ourselves (a majority of us) to become a religion instead of followers of Christ. We have allowed ourselves to become irrelevant because we’ve allowed our arguments to become about doctrine instead of love. We’ve gone into hiding behind a front of sanctimonious, self righteous, legalism. All the things Christ blew up. We have become the Pharisees of our time and place.
Christ doesn’t call us to be irrelevant, sanctimonious, self righteous, legalistic or comfortable. He calls feed the hungry, give a drink to the thirsty, comfort the stranger, clothe the naked, tend to the sick and go to the marginalized (Matthew 25:31).
He calls on us to invest ourselves, our time and our money into our neighborhood, into our strangers, into our “enemies”, into our friends – into Him and his creation, to change the world through love, as He loved us.
If we are going to be relevant again, if we are going to be the foundation that turns the world to love and service, we are going to have to follow the teachings of Christ again. There’s a reason the world and human history pivots around Christ. Let’s bring that back, one loving, committed, invested act at a time.
Get out of the pew and into the streets. Let’s build this.
1 Corinthians 15:57 (ESV)
57 But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.