This is the third article of a three-part series called, “The New Era of Faith”. Monday we posted, “A Brief History of Fundamentalism” in which we looked back at how we’ve arrived at our current trajectory. Thursday we explored “The Greatest Generation (Gap)”, and discussed the current cultural forces that divide two generations of faith in very historically unique ways. Today, we’ll end with, “A Church in Transition, But To Where?” and try to bring it all together and explore the future of faith in America.
To talk about the future of the church, we have to talk about issues that are bigger than all of us. We have to find a gospel that is bigger than our sensitivities, frustrations, hopes, and dreams. Together, we must lay hold of a gospel that is sufficient to answer the most extreme conditions of human suffering and sin, loss and pain. Western society has created a bubble of self-absorption, entitlement, and a warped sense of success and the importance of influence. It has disconnected us from the broader world that Jesus came to save. The conversations we have, the things we care about, the trivialities that so easily entangle our imagination, expose us as shockingly shallow in light of the rising storm igniting in regions across the earth.