Post-Christ culture discussed in Washington D.C. conference
A group of Christian leaders came together recently at Washington D.C. to discuss a phenomenon occurring in American life in the 21st century–America’s distancing itself from its Christian foundation.
At the conference, “Being a Christian in a Post-Christian Culture,” held last Sept. 17-18 by Ligonier Ministries, Christian leaders were able to analyze what others call the “anti-Christian” phenomenon that is taking place, CBN News said.
Author and speaker R.C. Sproul Jr., said at the conference that there is no contradiction in being proud of both your Christianity and of being an American, CBN News reported.
Sproul told CBN News, “It was very easy for Christians to confuse their faith in Christ with what it meant to be an American. But as the American culture sinks deeper and deeper into unbelief, the Christian is much better equipped to say ‘that’s not us.’”
Robert Godfrey, Westminster Seminary California president said that choosing Christ over the current decaying U.S. culture can actually make Christians into better Americans, CBN News said.
Godfrey said, “We have to understand Christ’s call upon us in order to understand how our secondary responsibility to function as faithful American citizens can be fulfilled,” according to CBN News.
Faith leaders also pointed out at the conference that the answer did not lie in educating oneself to the point of being more knowledgeable than most others. Rather, the Christian culture is won back by letting Christ into one’s heart before one can hope to bring Christ to others, CBN News reported.
Sproul noted that the bible never pinpointed stupidity as the main failure of man. Instead, the bible said “that our problem is that we’re wicked.” Sproul said the problem of wickedness in man is not resolved by reading more books, studying more or by establishing programs, CBN News said.
Instead, Sproul said, “We need to be worried and concerned about how our hearts are, and that influences and interacts with how our minds think as well,” CBN News reported.
Pastor Burk Parsons, who chose to become a minister rather than join the world of fame and fortune through an invitation to join the singing group, Backstreet Boys, said that Christians can only win souls and the hearts of society if they first surrender to Jesus Christ, CBN News said.
Parsons said that Jesus never asked Christians to plan “gimmicks and methods” to build his church. Instead Jesus said, “I will build my church,” CBN News reported.
Parsons pointed out that Jesus promised that he would be the one to draw people to himself, and make them able to withstand anything, even death, that may come against them, CBN News said.