Today’s Bible reading
For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires, and will turn away their ears from the truth and will turn aside to myths. But you, be sober in all things, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry. – 2 Timothy 4:3-5
More thoughts for meditation
Twelve years ago, Smith and Denton published their findings about the spiritual lives of American teenagers. Rod Dreher and others among the Evangelical church, appear to be catching up with the religion that has characterized most Americans for decades. Smith told Dreher in an interview, “America has lived a long time off its thin Christian veneer, partly necessitated by the Cold War. That is all finally being stripped away by the combination of mass consumer capitalism and liberal individualism.” Under the veneer of nominal Christianity is the real religion Smith and Denton discovered: moralistic, therapeutic deism. They named five basic tenets of the ascendant faith:
- A God exists who created and ordered the world and watches over human life on earth.
- God wants people to be good, nice, and fair to each other, as taught in the Bible and by most world religions.
- The central goal of life is to be happy and to feel good about oneself.
- God does not need to be particularly involved in one’s life except when God is needed to resolve a problem.
- Good people go to heaven when they die.
This faith is especially prominent among Catholics and Mainline Protestants. It is colonizing Christian churches and replacing the true faith.
Dreher says the flood is already up to the rafters but Evangelicals are still at war, trying to turn the cultural tide back – and using Donald Trump as their Cyrus! He says it would be better to build an ark. That is just what Benedict of Nursia did in similar days.
Suggestions for action
First off, how much does your own “personal” belief resemble MTD? If you dare assess the faith of those in your cell are they closer to radical Christianity or MTD? If you feel reluctant to pray about this, assess what is behind your reluctance.
If you wanted you become a a more radical Christian, the kind that would build an “ark” to sail the stormy flood of unbelief that has come upon the culture, what more would you do? What might prevent you? Make a list and meditate on it with Jesus.
Speaking of radical…Today is Rosa Parks Day! Remember her at Celebrating Our Transhistorical Body.