WE seem to be under the illusion that attending some church service for at most two hours is totally sufficient to nurture, the spiritual aspects of our lives. We separate our daily live from our church life. What are and what should we be doing with the other 166 hrs. left in our week.
What in you estimation is the purpose of attending a Church? Most of us would comment that they have a lot of family activities to participate in. Other would say something spiritual like to KNOW God better, but have no idea how to accomplish that herculean task. Most of us know what we should do but few of us do.
Recently while talking with a friend, he expressed his frustration that many of the people (including himself). separate church from daily life. There is no perfect church, churches are made up of broken and flawed people. All of us or nearly all of us struggle with being deeply enmeshed in modernity, and this compromises the way we order our own lives.
Of all the personal and self-development programs that are on the market today, one towers above all others! Striving to daily live up to the expectation of of the gospel is at the least frustrating. Christianity itself offer a means to “live to our fullest potential.” However that potential is not one we design for ourselves, it is slow acquired by daily sacrificing ego and self.
Nothing is more needful today than the survival of the Christian culture, because in recent generations this culture has become dangerously thin. At this moment in the Church’s history, in this country (and in the West more generally) it is less urgent to convince the alternative culture in which we live of the truth of Christ then it is for the Church to tell itself its own story and to nurture it own life, the culture of the city of God, the Christian Republic.
This is not going to happen without a rebirth of moral and spiritual discipline and a resolute effort on the part of Christians to comprehend and to defend the remnants of Christian culture. It is an unfortunate fact that the society in which we live is no longer neutral about Christianity. The United States would be a much less hospitable environment for the practice of the faith if all the marks of Christian culture were stripped from our public life and Christian behavior were tolerated only in restricted situations.