I just read the new Saturday Evening Post which has an article on how modern day Christian churches are experiencing a bit of a renewal in attendance and how young people are joining the resurgence looking for God's answers to life.
This renewal is NOT in mainline churches, the article says, which still see low attendance and few young people attending. It's in the modern churches made up of young people who are willing to see the supernatural in life and are looking for God in all the daily, even ordinary things as well.
This, in contrast to several years ago, [60s and 70s] when science leaders and College professors, according to researchers, had a very real and pervasive hold on young people, effectively leading them away from religion and any belief in God.
So one generation responds and another generation does not respond to a belief in God and the supernatural. What's new!
I admit, it's always nice to read that our culture or society is willing to take seriously our message of Christ and new churches are growing. I'm a member of a great one.
But there is a caveat I'd like to offer to ANY resurgence of church attenders and especially the cultural ones of our day and to Christians who preach that message that they are excited about.
The gospel message does not need to have cultural primacy or even social acceptance in order to flourish. It has never and does not now need an atmosphere of acceptance socially for it to do it's redemptive work.
Nor is the gospel at a disadvantage when persecution comes to Christians, even to their death. It may, in fact, be quite the reverse. Persecution may be more akin to pouring gasoline on a fire. If you want to see REAL CHRISTIANITY, let the persecution begin.
We Christians stand as citizens of the Kingdom of Heaven and members of the body of Christ, [The Church] and we must always remember that the One who is in us is greater than the one who is in the world. (I John 4:4)
This means in good times, but also in bad times, we can and will live quietly, firmly, and triumphantly, sharing the gospel of the Kingdom confidently, COME WHAT MAY.
So a culture saying a "yes" rather than a "no" to the message of the gospel and to the reality of God is nice and even exciting. But culture and society are known for change and adapting to fads. But that doesn't matter at all to the real gospel of Christ and His Kingdom.