'The time of
Christendom as we know it is waning. We may
soon find ourselves as lost people in a lost land."
These words really
caused me to sit up straight in my chair this week,
as I attended a mid-week discussion on Dan Brown's
best-selling novel The Da Vinci Code.
(Simply put, Christendom is the collective body of
Christians throughout the world and history.)
Yes, I know that much of the moral fiber of our
society has declined; that we are Godless in many
ways; that even our own United States has become a
mission field for Christian missionaries from other
countries. But, I guess I never really stopped to
think about how this affects my claim to Christ.
It used to be that
stating I am a Christian is all that was needed to
be said to the world. The statement tied me to
the long-standing tradition of believers in Christ:
Christendom. But scandals in the Catholic
church, religious wars, political divisiveness over
hot button issues like abortion and marriage and
death penalty and homosexuality - these things have
caused a shift in our world view of Christianity.
Folks ask me questions now - why do I believe what I
believe? can I prove it? why is Christ the only way?
what about the assertions in The Da Vinci Code?
how do I know that Christianity isn't a hoax? are
It seems to me that
we, as believers in this day, may be more aligned
with the original twelve disciples than we may have
stopped to realize. It's imperative for us to
courageously live out our lives in faith; to spread
the Word and the Truth; to teach others to know
Christ; to pay attention to those things in our
popular culture - like The Da Vinci Code and
The Passion of the Christ - and to use them
as opportunities to have discussions with those who
are seeking and those who are lost. We can no
longer assume that the weight and breadth of
Christendom will carry the day. Let us boldly
disciple and love one another.
Blessings and peace
to you as you journey.
Yours in Christ,