a not so “merry” message about America

During the Christmas season, is it just me, or does it seem like there really is a little more peace on earth? Maybe it’s because we quit fighting over land and power and start fighting over talking Elmo dolls and the last iPad in stock. Whatever it is, I wish we could be a little more peaceful all year round.

On a less merry note. One news source editorially reported an article entitled “How America Will Collapse (by 2025).” My friend Bill sent me the article. I wanted to share it with you. Take a few minutes to read it. In some strange way, I was glad I did. Here’s the link:

“How America Will Collapse (by 2025)”

Now, one question. How should the church, the followers of Jesus, think of and prepare for such a thing, assuming hypothetically speaking of course that it is actually gonna be true?

I have some ideas. Before I share them, will you share yours? Leave a comment and let’s dialogue about it…

4 thoughts on “a not so “merry” message about America

  1. I agree with the article’s description of the economic difficulties as well as what the author describes as “an ill-educated younger generation”. We export very little and have an obnoxious amount of debt. With technological advances continually on the rise, the world economy hits harder at a local level more quickly.

    We may lash out and call people anti-American for hiring overseas workers for 1/4th of the cost of local labor, but the bottom line is that if there were two stores side-by side, you wouldn’t pay 4 times as much for a loaf of bread at one store, simply because it was “Made In The USA”, which is not a popular emblem these days.

    And though I would not want to be insensitive to those who were wounded or gave their lives in Desert Storm or the Iraq War , or even 911… Our generation hasn’t seen prolonged war… with casualties like the Vietnam or World Wars. We may see a war of great magnitude of casualties within our lifetime.

    I believe our arrogance and immature choices will cause a number of issues for us as a nation, but our freedoms, and our spirit as a people will bring strengths and solutions that are also not within our imaginations.

    I think the easiest response for believers to give is “God is in control”, but I think that we can learn much more beyond our bumper sticker theology if we will take the time and think through the issues brought out in the article.

    Thanks for sharing Jason!

    Until We’re All Home,

    Walter

    • Thanks Walter. Appreciate your thoughts and feedback. I agree with you. The church of America must do so much more than offer “bumper sticker theology.” What do you think are two or three things we could do to be ready?

      • I think it is a good time to look at the ways the article talks about us failing as a nation, and ask ourselves if we are making those same mistakes in a personal way, against Scripture, whether in our own finances, or maybe in other areas.

        It is also a great time to take an inward look at our own faith walk and ask the question, “How ‘Americanized’ is my faith?” Many people who have been on mission trips to other countries for the first time have had a realization about what faith looks outside the United States. It reminds us of the faith we have, and the peace that comes from that faith, that does not come from our nationality or country of residence…

        John 14:27 – Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.

  2. First of all, I have one overwhelming observation. The U.S. Church’s obsessive commitment to the American Dream instead of the Great Commission will ultimately lead to the demise of American Church as we know it. (Not the demise of the Church, mind you, just church as WE know it.) While the future may or may not play out like any of the scenarios described in the article, what IS true is that we have entered a brave new world. Regardless of how uncomfortable the prospect of this may make us feel, we have to be prepared. At the very least, we are inevitably facing a future that more resembles postmodern, post-Christian Western Europe. I think we can and should learn from pastors and planters who have experience ministering in those cultures.

    But to answer your question, I think there are several thing we can and must do.
    1. Rethink Mission. The days of a Christian majority have already passed. Even the notion of cultural Christianity is becoming a thing of the past. The “Build it and they will come” era is over. The idea of “sending missionaries” in the traditional sense is archaic. Mission, now more than ever, must take place contextually. The minute a believer steps out his front door, he has set foot on a global mission field. We must make this paradigm shift or face becoming irrelevant.
    2. Focus energy and resources on planting new churches. I think in the scenarios described in this article, the influence of megachurches and megadenominations will inevitably shift to smaller, grass roots churches and interconnected networks that are able to respond more rapidly to personal needs and a quickly-changing cultural dynamic. While it has been well-documented that new churches are more effective at reaching the lost, I think we will see that the fluidity and plasticity of new church plants will also be well-suited and better equipped to function in this new political and social economy.
    3. Focus ministry and mission on people groups. As a church planter in Nashville, I am already finding that geography is less of a factor than affinity when it comes to connecting with people and building relationships — yes, even in the Bible Belt. And as our country becomes more and more diverse, there will be no greater affinity than cultural identity. For these new churches, that means reproducing, equipping, and supporting indigenous planters to engage and reach these unique populations.

    That’s my two cents.

    Bless you, brother.

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