Last year, I started what might just become a new tradition at our church. After we took the summer off of our Sunday School classes, I gathered all the adults for a short 3-week study on a current cultural issue. Last year, I addressed the topic of how a Christian should respond to the Same-Sex Marriage debate. This year, I am going to address a wider topic: How to be Christian in an increasingly non-Christian nation. As I have been reading many blogs and articles on this topic, there has been one book that has helped more than others.
Where Do We Go From Here? by Erwin W. Lutzer is a book that details appropriate steps the Christian should take in this current cultural crisis. His words are helpful and challenging. I found myself, as I was reading this very short book, wishing I had the gifts to apply the truth of God to cultural events like he does. It is very well defined.
Lutzer begins by giving several reasons why we should be concerned. Our nation is in a moral spiral and we no longer should claim to be a nation based on godly principles. If you are over the age of 40, that can be a tough pill to swallow. But I think we all know it is true.
The bulk of the book contains five unshakable pillars that we should hold onto during this time. Because the book is so short (52 small pages), I do not want to share all of his points in the hopes that you will purchase the book. But let me just give one that seems obvious: God Still Reigns. I hope we still believe that as a church. I hope we believe that no matter how the future landscape of our nation looks, God is still on His throne. The texts of Scripture are numerous on this subject (Romans 13:1, Psalm 2:4, etc...). Yet many people respond to this moral crisis as if things have taken God by surprise. No, He knows and is over all of it. Lutzer says,
"Knowing this, we do not have to run and hide. We can embrace our present circumstances; we can pray for those who are in authority and we can depend on God for the wisdom we need to make a difference in the here and now. We were called for this moment, and therefore we must remember that the task ahead of us is never as great as the Power behind us" (28-29).
If the subject of being a Christian in an every increasing godless society interests you (or concerns you), read this book. I hope it helps.