Christian Life In A Post-Christian World


In his book, After Christendom, Stuart Murray speaks of the new place of the church in a culture where the Christian faith loses coherence and influence.  He lists five shifts that will take place:

  1. From the center to margins. In Christendom the Christian story and the churches were central, but in post-Christendom these are marginal.
  2. From majority to minority.  In Christendom Christians comprised the (often overwhelming) majority, but in post-Christendom we are a minority.
  3. From settlers to sojourners.  In Christendom Christians felt at home in a culture shaped by their story, but in post-Christendom we are aliens, exiles, and pilgrims in a culture where we no longer feel at home.
  4. From privilege to plurality.  In Christendom Christians enjoyed many privileges, but in post-Christendom we are a community among many in a plural society.
  5. From control to witness.  In Christendom churches could exert control over society, but in post-Christendom we exercise influence only through witnessing to our story and its implications.
  6. From maintenance to mission. In Christendom the emphasis was on maintaining a supposedly Christian status quo, but in post-Christendom it is on mission within a contested environment.
  7. From institution to movement.  In Christendom churches operated mainly in institutional mode, but in post-Christendom we must become again a Christian movement. 1.

Questions:

  • How do these shifts change the way you see your country?
  • What must then change with the way we act and operate as Christians?
  • What battles should we stop fighting as the church?  Where should we redirect our efforts?

 

1. Qtd. in Tim Chester and Steve Timmis’ Everyday Church, 22

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About Ted Torreson

I'm a Husband, Father, Pastor & Church planter

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  1. Dear Ted, Thank you so much for the blessed messages and is much strengthening my soul. Evangelist Babu

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