And yet, in the title link, David Housholder is surprised. And it's apparently the end of the world as we know it. This is nothing new for him, and I've commented on it before. But this time he's not talking about denominational churches participating in demographic stagnation. No; this time it's a characteristically American conservative rant about how all of society is on the downward spiral to failure. "The rusting of our major institutions," as he puts it, saying he's "a pessimist about the ability of our major institutions to survive this century." (In spite, of course, of his natural optimism "for the human race and for creation in general.")
And what institution heads the list? The church.
Arguably the most resilient of all institutions (outliving languages and nations, and all ideologies), the church has gone "sideline" in the space of one generation. The church was the only major institution to survive the fall of the Roman Empire. Irrelevant and ignored are the two adjectives that come to mind when I think of the 21st century church.
Virtually no explicit Christian leaders, for the first time in two millennia, are first-team varsity culture-shapers on our planet. We don’t even have an Oprah, let alone a Churchill.
Today’s 15-year-olds to 30-year-olds are ignoring the church in unprecedented droves.
Most denominational organizations are ripped apart by political issues. Christianity is fragmented like never before.
And this, friends, is a teachable moment in church history. Because mister Housholder wasn't paying attention, apparently, when they covered the history sequence in seminary. Or he's willing to act like it for some reason.