Christendom Is Done, Now What Do We Do? – Desiring God. I must admit, this one surprised me. Christendom was never a good idea and I was of the opinion that it died a century ago. The reason I say good riddance is my issues with the basic concept of a “church” made up of self-sustaining legal organizations as opposed to being made up of ministries of men and women led by God. One of the quotes (from theologians Frost and Hirsch) sums up the problem:
- “Christendom is not the biblical mode of the church. It was/is merely one way in which the church has conceived of itself.”
Christianity is about relationships, not institutions
Christendom missed the entire point. It is impossible to build empires to mimic the Kingdom. At this point, much of the church meets in blogs and social media. Much of this is due to the fact that is becoming increasingly difficult to find local people who will even seriously talk about Jesus and what he is doing in the area. I remember my wife and I going to a supposed “live” local church and asking everyone what the Lord had done in their life the past week. It was a totally foreign question. Most simply pretended that we had said nothing and turned around and left for another conversation. We found one young woman who had an exciting report. That was a blessing. But the other 200 people????