Will Christianity in the West rise again?

BEING EASY ON RELIGION HAS BEEN COSTLY

Western culture has been far too easy on religion. Because of it, Christianity has lost its impact on our way of life. Nothing of great significance is emanating from a once vibrant faith. At times, Christians even feel a little guilty. Then, they/we repent a little without giving up much of anything. We experience a short – lived remorse and go on our merry way. We call that a revival of some sort. When things improve materially, we credit God for His generosity. But when prosperity limps, then we blame it on the ungodly and on an angry God. That gives us a reason to remind people of God’s judgment. Where it once was a blessing, Christianity has become a handy tool to capitalize on human misery.

Has our culture and Christianity become irreconcilable? Whose God have we angered? Are the events in progress divine punishments? The philosophy or theology that man must please God, at any cost, is more than elusive. Jesus stated, “God was God of the living and not of the dead” (Mt.22: 32). He created the world for man and not for Himself. God has no need for a world, but man does for proving himself. Man is somewhat of a god and is expected to act like one (Jn.10: 35). According to Jesus, man is quite capable of doing what God wills or has prescribed (Mt.7: 21). It is man that regards himself as a descendant of animals that is at the root of his inability to control his lower nature (Ja.1: 14-15). Instinct and passion have deprived man of his rational capacity. He requires a renewal of the mind (Ro.12: 2).

Christians, during hardships and persecutions, have multiplied more than during peacetime. Particularly in our Western world, Christians have been too sheltered, and as a result we have become unproductive and unappealing. Due to the separation of Church and state, Christianity has been rendered useless. And with it went the morality that once was the foundation of the nation. The U.S.A. is in no way unique. In fact, it was one of the last nations that enjoyed the blessings of Christianity. Christianity first spread under the Roman Empire and began to influence the rise of new nations. By 800 A.D., all of Europe was Roman Catholic. All those that opposed this giant were squashed until Martin Luther opened the door to the right of humans to chose their own personal way to please God. It led to many different Protestant persuasions and to places where these could prosper. Britain sent her undesirables to Australia and America. The Pilgrims came to the Americas with the Bible in one hand and a gun in the other. They fought for what they believed and they grew because of their hardships and struggles. But when the colonies became a nation under a Constitution, Christianity became an endangered species.

The secular Western world has succeeded while it extracted moral potency from Christianity. How will it deal with a potent Islam? Muslims have seen what secularism has done to Christianity and they are resisting a secular takeover. They do not want a secular American type of religion or politics. They know that once their religion and male morality is separated from their Mosques, they too shall fall by the way, just as Western Christianity has. It should be apparent to us that the uprisings in the Muslim world are against Westernizing; particularly, the kind that emanates from the U.S.A. They are a theocratic male dominated society that cannot live in a world where everyone is equal. Their only hope is to takeover the globe and subject humanity to their God and his Laws. At this particular time, Islam is the only religion that has not yielded to secularization.

Is it the best religion? Of course not; but, it is the most potent one that is willing to push its way on the world. It is not the Pauline kind where all humans are equal. Where “there is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for all humans are one in Christ Jesus” (Gal.3: 28). They are all souls in the eyes of a loving and forgiving God. There is no grace for infidels in Islam. We now have advocates that paint a reformed and tolerant Islam. The word Islam means “surrender” and does not allow any changes. Those that do believe or hope in a modernized Islam, labor under false pretence. Such changes to Islam would be an American version. It would be a mixture of black collective redemption theology with an underlying socialist foundation. It would seek to equalize the world under one banner. It had its chances on national levels and failed. Advocates are convinced that it can rule the world. In the past, despots have ruled over larger areas than democratic socialists. The Biblical forecast indicates that a male dominated theocratic system, like Islam, may rule the world for a time (Rev.17: 17). Iran is an example of what the system or religion shall be like. The Bible also reassures Christians that such a setback shall not mark their end but instead a new beginning (I Cor.15: 20-28). Will Christianity rise again in the West? Will it find its way back?