The culture around us is descending into ruin and decay. The values once embraced by the elite and common people are being crushed under the veil of progress. Morality is fading into a subtle gray as the world refers to evil as good and celebrates it.
It is easy to lose hope.
But we don’t have to.
As Christians, we can either mourn the death of Christendom in the west or challenge the intellectual culture of our day. Far too many churches are trying to be pillars of Christendom – a dead and fading belief that Christianity is socially beneficial.
It is time to awake from our slumber and incarnate the Gospel into the present brokenness. In order to do this, we need to exercise Christian imagination. As defined by Vigen Guroian, Christian imagination is “both presenting the truths of Christian doctrine and exposing the errors of the age.” In a post-Christendom world, this is best done through art – whether its literature, music, painting, or speeches.
The world isn’t going to change through dry preaching and outdated church services.
What if instead of signing a protest about a retail store, we exposed the folly behind the decision? Similar to what Kevin DeYoung did in this thought experiment. We need to quit trying to convince people that the Bible is true and use art to elevate the beauty of the Scriptures for the entire world to be exposed to.
Don’t misunderstand me. I affirm a very high view of the Scriptures – I believe the Bible is the Word of God, absolutely true in every regard… but that’s not going to convince a post-Christian world of its need for Jesus Christ.
To be honest, I’m happy that Christendom is dead. It is refreshing to have conversations with people who are honest enough to admit they are not Christian. I am absolutely sick of “Christians” who claim the name of Jesus simply because their family taught them to do it. Second-hand faith is a dead faith; I don’t care what church you attended growing up… do you actually KNOW Jesus?
Over the next few weeks, I encourage you to join me in this discussion. Rather than bemoan society, how can we bring lasting impact to our communities and family? What types of art can penetrate through the calloused hearts of those among us? How does Christian imagination have anything to do with all of this?