. . . posts on faith and life
As stated in the previous post, the church must move away from itself, it must move outside the camp. This has an extra implication for the USAmerican church. We have had a tendency to view things from a very American-centered perspective. We think of the world in the terms of this image.
We must begin to think more globally. And as we move outside the camp in that sense we might just discover that the camp moved long before we did. In the book The Church of the Perfect Storm, Len Sweet states:
In Europe, Christians are almost an endangered species. At the same time that Christianity is dying in the West, Christianity is surging in the East and in the South. The statistical center of Christianity today is in Timbuktu, Mali. The language of Christianity today is Spanish; the color of Christianity today is not white but brown; there are more Christian churches in India today than in the United States. By 2025, two-thirds of Christians will live in Latin America, Africa, and Asia.
We live in Post-Christendom, and that is increasingly becoming Anti-Christendom. While some bemoan this fact and long for the good ol’ days, there is no going back. In fact, there are many advantages of Post-Christendom (e.g. people are more commonly arriving at church without prior experience). We must enter into the global village. We cannot continue to base decisions that are based on misplaced religious sensibilities of a very small group of people guided by southern American culture.