Historian Carl Trueman writes, “Christendom is over,” and the death of Christendom creates “the social perception that orthodox Christianity is a kind of cult.”
He’s right. Christians whose theology requires “cultural engagement” for “cultural transformation” are in trouble. Seats at the cultural table now carry a disclaimer: “Reserved for those who embrace the new sexual orthodoxy. Historic Christians need not apply.” Those who refuse sexual amorality, the redefinition of marriage, and the politics of fluid identity are—to a post-Christian society—just crazy. Cultish even.
I’m okay with that. 1 Corinthians 1:18 teaches, “The word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.” Ours is a foolish power. We should expect that Jesus represents “a stumbling block to Jews and folly to Gentiles.” If the New Testament world thought so, why should we expect the 21st Century world to think differently?
American Christians crave the approval of our culture. We may, in fact, be addicted to it. Approval is our opiate. But cultural approval is a garish whore who flaunts her wares, enticing the Church to abandon the faith piece by piece. She lies, promising acceptance, but the world only accepts the Church when the Church becomes the world.
In the eyes of the world, biblical Christianity is crazy. The sooner the Church embraces and owns that truth, the better.