Last week I was in Germany for some meetings and workshops.
I had the opportunity to drive around a little, and also I had good conversations during breaks or around the dinner table.
Observing the churches in the little villages, and the cathedrals in the big cities, it was clear that religion has had an important contribution to the history of that country, but talking to the colleagues it was evident it does not represent a significant part of their lives today.
They can remember going to church with their parents when they were children, but currently the church is irrelevant for them.
This is the country where the Reformation started!
Since I was preparing to teach on Sunday, and the theme was our church’s “Core Views”, more specifically “The Church”, I was probably more attentive to that reality then in previous trips.
It was particularly sad to think about that situation.
Stopping there would be just depressing, so what do we do with this reality?
A couple of things come to my mind:
– We can pray and support missionary efforts in Europe. That area needs missionaries as much as Africa, Asia, or the Middle East. And it may be an even bigger challenge to break through the barrier that has been created against the gospel over the years (we can blame the mistakes that the organized church did over the years, but that does not change the scenario today)
– We can reflect on the risk of our country becoming what Europe is, and realize that we are responsible for this generation of Christians in America. Our grand parents and parents did their part, so we can be part of a vibrant community of believers today. Now it is our turn to make sure the next generations will be here, living lives that honor and glorify our Lord.
Easier said then done. The forces against the church are present like always (maybe like never). They are attacking our communities and our families.
How many of us are feeling this attacks very closely? How many of us have spent numerous hours praying for our families? We need even more.
Our time. Our part. Our prayers.