|Shine Like Stars|
It appears that Christians are on the way out, like an endangered faith species.
That’s according to the 2021 UK Census in which, for the first time in centuries, less than 50% of the population noted Christianity as their religion of choice. This indicates a steady decline in interest in Christianity even though there has been a rise in interest in spirituality.
What should we do, if anything? Historically minority faith groups have tried to strengthen their positions by coming together more often, sometimes in private holy huddles and at other times in public displays of worship and liturgy.
At the time when Jesus became flesh and dwelt among us, it was declared that those who lived in darkness had seen a great light, and that light was Jesus, the Light of the World. Maybe we can learn from that event. It’s not a time to go inward as if defending ourselves, but rather to be visible, like the star the wise men followed.
We may live in a confused and mixed-up world, but this is the time for us to shine “like stars in the sky as” we “hold firmly to the word of life”. Philippians 2:15-16 NIV
|James Henderson is European Superintendent for Grace Communion International|
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