Q: Do You Think We Are Living In A Post-Christian Era?

I have been in ministry, working for the Church, for more than 15 years. Serving teenagers and their families is the only job/calling I have ever had and I wouldn’t trade the last 15+ years for the world. However, I can’t help but feel that the longer I remain in ministry the more our culture becomes less sympathetic, and almost skeptical, about Christianity and, more specifically, Christians then ever before. Is it just me? Is it just because I am getting older and noticing it more? Do you feel it?

One example of this attitude, of the many I could have chosen from, are the recent tweets from Bill Maher, host of HBO’s “Real Time with Bill Maher,” comedian, and an atheist who is outspoken in his criticism of religion.

Maher tweeted, after The Denver Bronco’s recent loss to the Buffalo Bills, the following:

“Wow, Jesus just _________ #TimTebow bad! And on Xmas Eve! Somewhere in hell Satan is tebowing, saying to Hitler ‘Hey, Buffalo’s killing them”

On December 25th of this year (Christmas day) he tweeted,

“Merry Mythmas”

Now, listen, I don’t expect Bill Maher to “get it,” right? After all, what do the light and the darkness have in common? (2 Corinthians 6:14) But, there is a growing “hostility” that I have been sensing that I don’t ever remember. Is it just me? You can also see a conversation that I had with an atheist on twitter in a post I called “Got Faith”(Click Here)

What do you think? Do you sense a hostility? Why do you think is causing this? What are the contributing factors? Does it seem that Christianity seems to be more on the “front lines” than other faiths? Why? What can we do to move popular sentiment in the other direction? Is that our job? Thanks for your input and opinions!

 

 

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  • Matthew Kim

    I get the feeling that there is indeed a growing hostility towards Christians. But I think that the attitude is more in response to how the gospel is preached and the way it lines up (or doesn’t) with our lives.

    I know for fact that Christians have ‘labels’ like being self righteous, hypocritical, and intolerant. Often times I get the feeling that we leap to save others when it’s really not up to us. We lose patience and try to control the situation and forget the single most important element of love. I’m not sure about anyone else but that right there sounds to me like self righteous, hypocritical, and intolerant. We project an image that isn’t anything like the One we preach about and I think we lose the ‘truth’ in the gospel very very fast.

    “When we Christians behave badly, or fail to behave well, we are making Christianity unbelievable to the outside world.” – C.S. Lewis

    I try to remember how I came to know God and I realize that it’s taken time and a lot of humbling through love. God’s not done with me yet and I think that’s a good thing to keep in mind when we try to spread the good news. I’ve realized that most often, the way God works in my life is the way I should be working in others lives!

  • Robin LeTourneau

    I think it has a lot to do with the political climate too – you see a lot of Christian “posturing” amongst the politicians. Who is “most Christian” and deserves the votes of the base. It seems very fake especially when you see how they act in other aspects of their lives…

  • Bhicks1052

    Maher has always been that hostile and cynical. I think that the press has a lot to do with what we are seeing and hearing, and trying to drive it in a anti-Christian direction. The actions of Politicians who are “Christians” also helps put a negative slant on things.

  • Kkhart6273

    Keep in mind, America isn’t exactly friendly to serious Muslims, Jews, Hindus, or even Wiccans. The average urban, educated American simply no longer understands why anyone would need an intrusive God who requires living in a way that’s not entirely focused on earning as much money as possible, gaining as much power as possible, and being as popular as possible. Life is easy enough in most cases that we’ve lost sight of the vagaries of life … but talk to people who are actually struggling in this recession, and you’ll find more faith.

    I agree that politics does religion no good – Jesus made that point pretty clear when asked about political issues. It’s about what we do on a daily basis, not about posturing and posing. That’s one reason LDS is the fastest-growing denomination in the US (with Islam right behind it). Mormons are active in local mission, have people actively living in the poorest communities, speak the language they need to speak, and put their money where their mouth is. They live with clear standards, and stick by them. When a Mormon without family is sick, they are never alone. I’ve never seen the like of it in a “mainstream” church. Most of us are hypocrites, myself included. I get wrapped up in my family, work, money stress, etc and don’t pay a lot of attention to God or who God would have me helping instead of myself.

  • Gutty

    There is no doubt that the increasingly hostile response to Christianity and to Christians is increasing. It is also increasing in other parts of the world as well. Should we be surprised? Jesus told us this would happen. Mt 24:9-11 “Then you will be handed over to be persecuted and put to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of me. At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other, and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people. Our calling is to witness to Jesus Christ regardless of the response. Come Lord Jesus, come.

  • Eric

    What I’d pay to get into the Octogon [MAA Fighting Cage] with Bill Maher.