What's happened to the Church?

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The local church in Western Christianity is gradually losing its influence in our lives and is on the brink of extinction for all practical purposes. Let's look at some of the factors that are contributing to its decline.

The church is no longer the centre of most communities. Our ability to travel and communicate has made it so most people have their own community. It is not defined by where they go to church, but by their own likes and dislikes. Many people commute significant distances to church which makes it time consuming and undesirable to take multiple trips per week, which in turn makes it more difficult to form strong relationships.

The church is no longer family based. Growing up I used to always sit with my family, however, now most people sit with their friends. This is in large part due to the generational segregation that we find in churches. Most programs in the church target specific generations. Relationships are now individual instead of familial. There was a time that to call someone you would need to call the house phone, now you call the person directly on their cell phone. Hospitality has also gone by the wayside. A meal at a persons house is rare now in the church, when it used to be common place. Individual based churches lack the strength that a family based church possesses. It is no secret that the family structure is the strength of any society, it is also the strength of the church.

The church no longer cares. We recently decided to leave a church due to doctrinal differences. I engaged the elders notifying them of our intentions. However, not one person from the church reached out to see what happened and if there was anything they could do to change our decision. Many people in the church are willing to fight, but almost none are willing to fight for someone. We are more concerned with our own interests than the interests of someone else.

However, all of these things are just symptoms of the real issue which is that we are living for ourselves instead of the glory of God.
To Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.


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