I have heard more criticism of this election than ever before. Many are unhappy with both candidates. For me, the worst thing about this election is that Christianity and the church have been absent. More than ever, this election demonstrates that for many Americans, Christ has become irrelevant.
This conclusion has been over 100 years in the making. For all that time, the church has been adapting its message to our society. From evolution to gay marriage, Christianity has found a way to justify every choice made for human reasons. That would be justification in human terms, of course; since only Christ can truly justify.
At the same time, we’ve diligently worked to assure people that God loves them regardless of where they are or what they’ve done. That is absolutely half true. God loves them and desires a rich life full of truth for them, not the half life full of half truth that they live.
Taken together, these 2 teachings have an internal logic and people have followed that logic perfectly. If God loves us exactly as we are and can accommodate whatever we choose, then he has no more value for us. If he can’t help us live better, then of what use is he? We have gotten all that God can do for us, and our life still sucks. Given what the church teaches, what other conclusion is there?
Praise God, I know differently, yet the message of the Bible for the 21st century hasn’t been made clear because we, the church, haven’t mined it and refined it. In many ways, we are teaching a system of belief that was developed 500 years ago. Maybe there has been a “frontier faith” mixed in that was highly relevant 200 years ago. Today the world is far more complex and far more educated, and the issues it faces are not well addressed by the message we bring. Does that mean that the Bible has actually lost it’s relevance? No, it means Christians have stopped looking to it for answers that are more complex than in the past. My faith tells me that those answers are there in the Bible, but what I witness tells me that we’ve gone too long without looking for them.