What Is Going On In the North American Evangelical Church

I am totally confused about what is going on in North American evangelicalism! I am a son of evangelicalism, and it is in absolute disarray; it is unbelievable. It seems as if the confusion ranges from trying to hearken back to a Fundamentalist past, attempt to live in a neutral and vanilla holding pattern, or appropriate full on Progressive Christian patterns; really it seems as if all of the above is on tap on a continuum found in any given North American evangelical church.

I believe that evangelicalism’s turn to the navel, introverted individualistic premises have come to roost. Which has positioned evangelicalism in such a way that the cultural sensibilities have more voice than the Lord’s voice. That a normative relativism and political correctness has so overcome the mood of the evangelical church that it is more loving to affirm the crooked rather than to point out the straight.

I see no sense, in general, among evangelicals of God’s real presence in the life of the evangelical church. There is no fear of God left, only fear of what others think. The wisdom of the cross seems to be absolutely foolish and weak to the evangelical church, such that the way of the world has more sway resulting in the worshipping of our self fulfillment rather than the fulfillment of God’s life and promises for us in Jesus Christ!

It is heart wrenching to watch this and be a part of this!

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5 comments

  1. I tragically understand you. Part of me feels like packing up and running away to another country where the Church is alive and well, suffering and rejoicing. But on the other hand, surely God has not abandoned us in America? Surely we are not hopeless? So I must wonder what can turn around the state of things here.

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  2. NN,

    I’m not sure things can be turned around, per se. We are deep. Not deeper than Jesus, but deep in the history of ideas, and the playing out of centuries long developments in regard to various strata of ideas within the “Christian” church.

    Steve,

    Yeah, I still believe that too. I just don’t see that changing until Christianity comes back to her first love, meaning to a genuine discipleship and to a place where live is biblical and cruciformally charged and redressed!

    Heather,

    Indeed 😦 !

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