Have you ever stopped to ask where Christianity is going? Like its standing at a crossroads and trying to make up its mind? Like a weary traveler Christianity looks at all of the signs on the post and tries to decide which is the best route to take. Should it go “Evangelical” or “Fundamental”? What about “Contemporary” or “Emergent”?
You have fundamental groups pronouncing the decline of morals and ethics in a society overrun with homosexuals while contemporary groups question the reality of hell. There’s the ever present debate of traditional worship versus contemporary worship, neither of which seem to fit in with emergent worship. There are cults, scandals, megachurches, politics, and terrorists all seeking to guide religion on what they feel is a God inspired path of righteousness. Those of us caught in the crossfire are standing here saying, what does any of this have to do with Jesus anymore?
Is it possible for all of these groups to call themselves Christian?
Can any single group claim Christianity as its own?
Will they allow each other to exist?
More importantly, can Christianity exist with so many different methods to Christianity?
Arguing differences amongst denominations is nothing new to Christianity. In 1 Corinthians Paul addresses church members who argue over who they follow based on who baptized them. Respectful differences are healthy so long as they remain that way; respectful. People are tired of church leaders who resort to hate filled accusations in an attempt to grab headlines. They love words like Sinner, Heretic, and False teacher. They are no longer showing a Christianity that those on the fence wish to partake of. It’s unbiblical (see Matt 18:15-20) and therefore unChristian.
More reports and studies are declaring that religion is dying. That more people claim that they are non-religious and don’t associate themselves with a religion. The assumption that not claiming a religion means that people no longer believe in God. But I don’t believe that people are becoming less interested in God and therefore less religious. I believe the opposite; that people are getting more interested in God and therefore less interested in religion.
People are getting tired of religion leading them in the path they should follow. They look back over their lives and see times where the church didn’t provide the best support along the roadmap to life. Slowly the roles are reversing. People, groups, and denominations are taking religiosity into their own hands and taking it where it will provide the most meaning for their life. They want something personal and meaningful and Christianity now has to decide whether to follow along or hold the line in a different direction. Who’s to say what is right and wrong? Can anyone other than God? And who can claim to know the mind of God?
In the book of Acts Gamaliel “who was honored by all the people” said to all the Sanhedrin “In the present case (of the apostles) I advise you: leave these men alone! Let them go! For if their purpose or activity is of human origins, it will fail. But if it is from God, you will not be able to stop these men; you will only find yourselves fighting against God.”
Who’s place is it to decide who is right and wrong within Christianity? Would we be better off just minding our own business and going about what we feel Jesus leading us to do?