The world we inhabit is continually changing. You can feel it in the air as we move deeper into post-Christian secularism. The mood of society is increasingly indifferent to all things Christian, and the foundational Judeo-Christian worldview that once was deeply rooted within our culture and society has all but disappeared. Many who once believed are leaving our churches at an alarming rate, young adults and older people once active in the faith. Church buildings are being closed, and many congregations are nearing their end as congregations age. Others within our communities are disengaged and display little difference from their secular, consumeristic neighbours. The reality is that there are no easy answers or solutions.
As the people of God, we must take the hard and difficult road of countercultural discipleship and reaffirm our commitment to the gospel of the kingdom of God in Jesus Christ and the power of the Holy Spirit. We must seek to live wholistic and holy lives in counter-distinction to the world we inhabit. While we should not ignore appropriate contextualisation of our worship and the way we express our faith, we should clearly recognise that this in itself will never satisfy nor attract the world out there to the cause of the gospel. The only thing that will make a difference will be the faithful lives of God’s people lived out there in the world as witnesses and examples of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Thus we must relearn what it means to be in the world but not of it.