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Losing Our Popularity

“Behold, I am sending you out as sheep in the midst of wolves, so be wise as serpents and innocent as doves. Beware of men, for they will deliver you over to courts and flog you in their synagogues, and you will be dragged before governors and kings for my sake, to bear witness before them and the Gentiles. When they deliver you over, do not be anxious how you are to speak or what you are to say, for what you are to say will be given to you in that hour. For it is not you who speak, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you. Brother will deliver brother over to death, and the father his child, and children will rise against parents and have them put to death, and you will be hated by all for my name’s sake. Matthew 10:16-22

popularI have lost track now of how many conversations I have had–and certainly of how many social media posts I have seen–lamenting the future of the church in America in the wake of the moral revolution which has taken our Western culture by storm over the past decade or so. I get it. I share some of the concerns myself. You can pretty much choose any social issue as an example of just how quickly the needle seems to be moving away from the orthodox teaching of the Church. I also agree we seem to be entering into a very different chapter here in the U.S. in terms of the church and its relationship to the world around us. To put it mildly, church popularity is on the decline. And at that same time, issues around gender, race, personhood, civil rights, immigration, and life itself have probably never been more in the public discourse …