How to Save the American Church

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These developments reflect the significant social, economic, and religious changes happening in America’s heartland — not to mention massive cultural shifts in its metropolitan centers. As many have noted, we now inhabit a post-Christian and largely secular society. However, this doesn’t suggest society alone needs saving; the American church has its share of problems. {How to Save the American Church}

The American church has even a much bigger problem than the European Church. Up to the middle of the 19th century the Roman Catholic Church was interwoven in the political system, but by now they are practically nearly independent of each other. Many people do not put their trust anymore in the church, because of its political and economical involvement of the church. though in the U.S.A. ti seems like most people are still convinced that religion and state can not be seen as two independent elements. For many Americans, it is the commitment of the church and the politicians that should keep the state free from evil. For many, it is the church that can provide answers to solving the climate problems as well as the economic and social problems that the United States is now facing. Others, however, fear that politics has become far too involved with the church and that certain church leaders have become far too involved with politics, with political friends not always causing the right impact on preaching.

Americans and Europeans should be aware that the church’s ethnocentrism, consumerism, and syncretism have blurred the lines between discipleship and partisanship. Many American pastors, mainly from mega-churches have taken care more of filling their pockets than filling the heads of their church members with the biblical truth. Their persistent quest for merit money with their lavish lifestyle eventually made many church members realise that their church was more out to extort money than to proclaim the true faith.

BlasphlegmyPastor Eric Costanzo, missiologist Daniel Yang, and nonprofit leader Matthew Soerens find that for the church to return to health, we must decenter ourselves from our American idols and recenter on the undeniable, inalienable core reality of the global, transcultural kingdom of God. That would not be bad, because we see that in the last few years lots of Americans have made Trump into their god and believe everything he says, but worse would also do whatever he asks from them. Lots of them clinched to money and considered all those who need help as a treat. Against the advice of Jesus Christ they consider such needy people have no place in their church nor in their surroundings. Such an unchristian attitude made also lots of people question that faith of those Americans, and question the role of the church in that attitude.

The writers of the book “Inalienable: How Marginalized Kingdom Voices Can Help Save the American Church” their guides in this process of decentering ourselves are global Christians and the poor, who offer hope from the margins, and the ancient church, which survived through the ages amid temptations of power and corruption. For sure we can see how in the Trump era politicians got more involved in influencing the American churches and how their power also brought more corruption in church as well in politics.

does find

At a time when society increasingly abandons so-called Judeo-Christian ethics and supports radical views on race, gender, and sexuality, it may sound tone-deaf to emphasize the church’s sins. In fact, a growing number of evangelicals are convinced these developments call for increased political engagement and an outward-facing culture war. This isn’t the time, they insist, to focus inward on corporate pietism. {How to Save the American Church, in his review of Inalienable: How Marginalized Kingdom Voices Can Help Save the American Church}

Strangely enough, they do not see that it are just those politicians who broke with Judeo-Christian, cultureheritage, principles, values and traditions, and corrupted the whole system. Trump and his supporters increased their hatred of non-whites and dissenters, as well as people with different body types. Many churches were unable or unwilling to feed those very people who are so spiritually hungry, and those looking for God and the peace He would bring to the world, could only see and feel how ‘His Church’ seemingly brings more hatred and violence.

Lots of American pastors are not anymore preaching about the love of Christ, but frighten their flock with hell and damnation, whilst they themselves do things they warn people not to do, because it would be against the Will of God and would bring eternal torture to them. It would have been much better if those preachers their ‘witnessing’ would point their church members to refocus on the kingdom of God, the image of God, the Word of God, and the mission of Christ.

Costanzo, Yang and Soerens find that

The path to the future takes us away from ourselves in unlikely directions.

By learning from the global church and marginalized voices, we can return to our roots of being kingdom-focused, loving our neighbor, and giving of ourselves in missional service to the world. {Inalienable: How Marginalized Kingdom Voices Can Help Save the American Church}

Costanzo, Yang, and Soerens contend the (white evangelical) church needs to be rescued because

“Christians in the United States have silently tolerated or openly embraced nationalism, sexism, and racism” {Inalienable: How Marginalized Kingdom Voices Can Help Save the American Church}

Clark does not seem to agree with the idea that too many pastors went along with the hate speech of Trump and the right-wing nationalist Christians who take on a very racist attitude. He writes

In other words, they see the church as complicit in many of the problems that plague our culture. They also see evangelicalism’s failure in these areas as undermining the gospel’s reputation and pushing younger Christians toward deconstruction. {How to Save the American Church}

He comments further

Another significant concern for the authors is that white evangelicals are often ignorant of or insensitive to the plight of immigrants and refugees—many of whom are Christians fleeing persecution and suffering (144). As such, Inalienable reads as a kind of sequel to Soerens’s earlier collaboration with Jenny Yang, Welcoming the Stranger. Yet the authors don’t presume immigration to be the church’s only problem. According to Soerens, it’s “just the tip of the iceberg” (15). {How to Save the American Church}

Very strange that so many Christians say those refugees are undermining the Church. Do they then not wonder how it would come that those people from somewhere else can get people from here to convert to another faith or to leave Church?

The focus of every believer and their decisions should be the Father’s glory and not one particular church or denomination, or political party. By focusing entirely on the extreme right-wing ideology of the radical fundamentalist conservative evangelical community, many Americans have found themselves in a boxing ring where they could find contradictory thoughts that are completely at odds with what is written in the Bible.

The Big Problem for the American church is that it is full of misleading churches. Once they would stop misleading and deceiving American Christian voters—–’all in the name of Jesus’, they shall be able to regain people coming back to the church.

We can only hope the insurrection on Capitol Hill will have opened more eyes in the United States which came very divided by the 45th president of that great nation, which now has become much ‘smaller’ and weaker. Though we may not be naive, most of the evangelicals who voted for the world’s greatest grifter did not yet wake up and still do not want to see the horrible mistake they’d made. Several of the Trumpists and Tea party members cling to their conservative ideas and are stuck in their pattern of groupthink, not yet ready to diligently reason a matter through for themselves.

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Preceding

  1. Living and Loving Faithfully
  2. Our political systems and juggling with human laws
  3. Less Americans interested in praying
  4. Unhappy people in empty churches
  5. Main churches losing population share
  6. The decline of religion in the US continues unabated
  7. American secularism is growing — and growing more complicated
  8. After 2,000 UK Church Buildings Close, New Church Plants Get Creative
  9. Does America need to turn back to God

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Additional reading

  1. American Christianity no longer resembles its Founder
  2. Catholicism, Anabaptism and Crisis of Christianity
  3. Morality, values and Developing right choices
  4. Church indeed critical in faith development
  5. God isn’t dead though for many He is not relevant
  6. What Steve Bannon really wants
  7. Our political systems and juggling with human laws
  8. Francis Fukuyama and ‘The End of History?’
  9. Holiness and expression of worship coming from inside
  10. A call easy to understand
  11. The first on the list of the concerns of the saint
  12. Half-hearted discipleship
  13. Discipleship way of life on the narrow way to everlasting life
  14. The Involvement of true discipleship
  15. A disciple of Christ “hating” the world
  16. Disciple of Christ counting lives and friends dear to them
  17. What Does it Really Mean to Be a Radical Follower of Jesus?
  18. Fellowship

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A joint effort of several authors who do find that nobody can keep standing at the side and that “Everyone" must care about what is going on in today’s world. We are a bunch of people who do not mind that somebody has a totally different idea but is willing to share the ideas with others and to be Active and willing to let others understand how "today’s decisions will influence the future”. Therefore we would love to see many others to "Act today".

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