All of us who live in the west and northern hemisphere are going through a new and painful experience – Christianity is becoming the minority faith. For centuries Christianity dominated western civilization, but things are changing. We are not the majority anymore.
One thing that we need to know is that even though many of us still carry the name of the Christian religion, the beliefs are not there anymore. We are moving towards a different set of beliefs. The worldview is shifting drastically, and we do not know how to handle that. The first reaction is to ignore it. This is pure and simple denial. We cannot believe that the faith that once was held by the majority is fading away. We prefer to bury our heads in the sand, refusing to confront or acknowledge a problem.
The Christians, the ones that hold a Christian worldview are becoming a remnant, which means: “An usually small part, member, or trace remaining, a small surviving group.” Even though this is a new experience for Europe and America, for Christians and for church goers, the Bible is full of stories about remnants. Most of the time the faithful were few and weaker politically. They had to learn how to survive and live in a culture that was totally different with values that was often opposite from theirs. Those men and women in the Bible who were remnants have important lessons for us to learn. They saw so many things and suffered so much because of their faith that we should draw from their experiences and learn how to live faithful lives today.
Maybe you did not notice yet, but by now you should be able to detect that the culture in which we live has been moving in the opposite direction. Now we are starting to see the consequences in all areas of life such as education, politics, law, family, etc. Some of us were able to diagnose that, but others of us are having a rude awakening. They are realizing that the foundation of their beliefs are shaky. Even though we thought that everybody else believed the same things, this has not been true for a long time. This is painful.
No matter where you are on the spectrum, do not lose heart. The first thing that you need to do is to realize that we are not the majority anymore. Most people do not see Christianity as we see it. They do not see the church as we see it. And they do not have the same values that we have. They are playing by a different set of rules, and that is weird, strange, and for some of us, unacceptable.
If our faith is important for us and if we still want to be relevant, we need to understand what is going on and learn from those who went through the same experiences before us. Fasten your seatbelt. The ride will be bumpy.
Have a blessed week,