Many American Christians are waking up to the fact that the culture has shifted from friendly to Christians to being at open odds with them. Christians in American have enjoyed a cultural dominance as well as political and social control.
Things have changed.
Now being a Christian will cost you something. Now that veil of Christian dominance is gone it is inevitable that Christians feel attacked and weakened by the onslaught of “new” cultural enemies. How will the church respond? That remains to be seen.
Prognosticators have been hard at word saying all kinds of things. A quick scroll down Facebook and Twitter feeds yields a wide array of people decrying the state of the church, boasting about the benefits of persecution, groaning for the second coming, and an urgent call to pray for the country.
Few people though are calling for more missions emphasis in light of the SCOTUS and Planned Parenthood developments. It might seem weird to some to even think about missions when American needs the gospel so badly.
But that is the point!
Yes, things are bad here, but this is nothing like the parts of the world where there are no Christians (or virtually no Christians). In places around the world where the gospel has not made such a dynamic impact on human flourishing like it has in America, there is censorship, institutionalized persecution of non-majority views, violent religious practices, a lower place for women, rampant racism, and exploitation of the poor.
Many countries and regions all over the world where the gospel has yet to be embraced are functionally accepting dictators, corruption, censorship, persecution, and exploitation. Add to the political and cultural difficulties the ultimate danger of every person who has not trusted in Christ alone and the situation becomes horrifying. So many people have no hope!
The prospects for the rest of the world are more dire. How will they hear without a preacher? How will the preacher get there without someone sending?
You have a place in the Great Commission. You have a role to fill in the global spread of the gospel.
Will you play your part or will you let the loss of cultural prominence paralyze your efforts to make King Jesus known among your neighbors, nation, and the nations?