Ninety percent of U.S. men believe in God. Five out of six call themselves Christians. But only one of six can be found in church on a given Sunday. Maybe it’s time to build a different kind of church.
The Christian story of eternal judgment is being replaced with secular ones. These non-religious doomsday scenarios are being advanced by scientists and reinforced daily in the media.
Why have we set the bar so low on church membership? Our motives are pure – we want as many people as possible to hear the good news. But in doing so, we fail to stir the hearts of men, who secretly long for a more challenging, rigorous faith.
What if Jesus applied for a job at your church?
Many of today’s Christians believe in a God who indulges them. A God who winks when they’re disobedient. A God who lets them do as they please. A God who looks down from heaven – and chuckles.
Every time Patrick opens up and shares his true feelings and emotions, there’s a man who tells him to stop. Or he pays a penalty for opening up. Patrick gets the message: to be a man is to deny your true feelings.
I am curious as to why our world became so informal so fast. Why, even in my lifetime I’ve seen people stop dressing for all but the most formal occasions. Why so many aspects of politeness have gone by the wayside. Why expediency almost always trumps “doing the right thing.”
Slacking isn’t laziness. I define it as “failing to engage with the institutions that have defined and governed society.” Today’s young adults are increasingly rejecting the societal norms that have defined adulthood since the dawn of the republic.
We tend to see the “sexual revolution” as something new. It is not. We are merely reverting to the loose and varied sexual practices that prevailed for millennia in preliterate societies. Sexually speaking, we are returning to the stone age.
Why have most civilizations been hostile toward homosexuality? Why does the Bible call it “an abomination?” Why is the modern world suddenly accepting this long forbidden practice? And what impact will this have on the church and its men?