Over the past few years, we’ve heard a lot of discussion concerning the exodus of millennials from the church, and people overall, with the rise of the so-called “nones” who don’t have any religious affiliation. Studies conducted by poll groups have shown a real decline of church membership and have painted a dire picture concerning the survival of Christianity.
We should be concerned with what’s going on in our churches and how we’ve played a part in many leaving, but I think we’ve lost our awareness of the Church that exists globally. As the influence of secularism rises in American and European societies, God has continued to bless the body of Christ in Africa, Asia, and South America at a rapid rate.
If you’re only focused on what’s happening in America, you would think that we are at the point of no return. Yet we serve Christ, the God who is in charge of the entire world, not just America. Christ sent the Holy Spirit to testify of Him to the entire world and that is exactly what is happening.
The passion and desire that Christians are showing in the face of persecution and other forces that are against them is a testament to the strength of the faith and the power of God in the world. The Bible says that we walk by faith and not by sight, and for us to preach His word in season and out of season.
“For we walk by faith, not by sight.” 2 Corinthians 5:7
“Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season.” 2 Timothy 4:2
America used to have a more favorable attitude to faith in general, and Christianity in particular. For example, we used to see Billy Graham crusades and the Ten Commandments in courthouses, yet that time is no longer here. I would argue that if we try to fight for that time again, that it would be misguided due to the misconception that America is a Christian nation. But that’s another topic.
The point I’m making is that the things we used to do are more uncomfortable to do and we stand out in a negative way according to society, yet we’re still called to proclaim the same message.
Romans 1:16 proclaims that the gospel is the power of God to salvation. It is this same power that is at work around the globe, and it is this perspective that should inform how we view the “loss of faith” in America today. The Church is alive and growing today because Christ is alive and His kingdom is actively at work, no matter what it looks like.