I'm always fascinated by the church in Europe, because I believe they hold rich insights into where the church in America is heading. I recently shared dinner with a witty professor and vicar from England. I asked him the following: Knowing that the United States is increasingly becoming a post-Christian culture, what advice do you have for us?
He said something that's still ringing in my ears.
Don't be naïve.
Don't be naïve that despite all the churches, all the ministries, all that's going in ministry in your country that what's happened to us won't happen to you.
He went on to describe how for the majority of the population in England there's no context for Christianity so when you approach someone about issues of faith there's not a framework. We are naïve to think that the United States isn't heading in the same direction with Biblical illiteracy on the rise, and an increasing number of unchurched, de-churched, and non-churched among our population.
I'm grateful for his words: Don't be naïve.
What issues do you feel the church is spiritually naïve about?