If half of what I read today by Christian bloggers or users of social media site like Twitter is to be believed, “the church” is in a real mess.
The assumption of many is that “the church” doesn’t reach out to the lost, is weak, sinful, and divided. This is true, on one hand, and always has been. The letters of the New Testament were often written to address problems just like these. There really has never been a “golden age” for the church, per se. The spotlessness that the Bride will bring to her Groom will be because of the righteousness of Christ, not because she has cleaned up her own act.
On the other hand, it could also be argued that, worldwide, the church has never been healthier. Consider these four “tweets” that I sent out by Twitter this morning:
- Did you realize that developing world Christians outnumber Western ones fourfold?
- Did you realize that worldwide, the Church is growing like crazy and that this is the #1 reason for its being persecuted?
- Did you realize that most Christians worldwide can't and don't thank God for their freedoms and still the Church grows?
- Perhaps it's time we stopped judging the health of the church by our experience of it. God is at work in the world today!