“Passion for God in worship precedes the offer of God in preaching. You can’t commend what you don’t cherish. . . . When the flame of worship burns with the heat of God’s true worth, the light of missions will shine to the darkest peoples on earth.”
– John Piper, Let the Nations Be Glad: The Supremacy of God in Missions
I have been arguing in previous posts that Christendom is dead. Fewer and fewer people in post-Christendom find Christianity conversant or relevant to them. That means more and more of our world today have less and less access and exposure to the Christian faith. Post-Christendom means emerging generations that are ironically, and essentially, pre-Christian.
Increasing secularization has a corresponding intensity and antipathy to all things Christian. In other words, while Christendom enjoyed a merger with culture, in post-Christendom, there is a polarity which culture. The dictionary defines polarity as “a state in which two ideas are completely opposite of each other; diametrical opposition.” We are seeing the manifestation of this polarity in nearly all facets of culture–from business to government, from education to ethics. This marginalization of Christianity is pushed by such polarizing and prevailing secularization.
What this means for Christianity is the world which we live does not care about us or what we believe. They are not impressed by the size of our church campuses, the kind of “worship experiences” we offer, or the consumeristic goods and services that once appealed to non-Christians in the Christendom era. The fruit of polarity is twofold: an increasing ambivalence among some and increasing hostility among others. On the other hand, there is decreasing access and opportunity for the world to be exposed to the Christian faith.
The question that needs to be answered, then is, “What kind of Christian will reach the world today?”