Would you say the gospel of Jesus is being spread in the area where you live? Is the environment for Christianity getting better or worse? Unless you live in a small pocket of the world unknown to me, my guess is your answers to those questions will not be encouraging. People don’t want to hear the gospel of Christ, they want to revel in their “own truth”, in whatever makes them happy. The irony is people are not getting happier. They aren’t happy at all.
The suicide rate, particularly among younger people, is skyrocketing. Fear and anxiety, fueled by a relentless push by the ever-present media bombarding our every second, are rampant. Anger and rage fill the newsreels and feeds of social networks. And yet so many churches and Christians seem to be content to watch it unfold. We’re not stepping into the fray with the hope of Jesus. We’re not engaging in the battle; we’re coasting in our faith.