Why I’m optimistic about Christianity’s future
By Johnnie Moore
I’ve been asked more times than I can remember by secular people and the secular press if Christianity is now, truly…finally…a dying religion.
The scenario plays out a bit like this.
A reporter, after rattling off a steady stream of apocalyptic examples “supported by research,” then asks something like: “Given the decline of Christian influence in our society, and around the world, is Christianity on a respirator?”
At this moment, I think they expect me –us — to jump on the blame bandwagon, and moan on about why Christianity is in danger of being relegated to history’s dustbin.
Christianity’s influence is seeded on every continent, and it is forcefully on the move.
If you’re a young leader, as am I, they expect us to unleash a torrent of criticism about what Christians and their standard bearers have done wrong.
The conversation, then, is supposed to take on a “change-or-die” funeral tenor to advance the cultural narrative that the relic of Christianity is on its way out. Our world, it is inferred, is evolving beyond religion — especially the evangelical kind.
So, you can imagine the wrench it throws into their gears when I declare my fanatical optimism for Christianity’s future.
Think about it.
The evidence is everywhere.
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