From time to time I like to inform you about interesting articles and blogs. Recently, I came across an article from Christianity Today magazine. For those of you who still believe you are living in a Christian nation (if you are an American) I have news for you. You aren't. We aren't. I don't think there are any real Christian nations anymore, if there ever were. In other words, we aren't living in "Jerusalem," as the article accurately points out. But on the other hand, it says we aren't living in "Babylonia" either." I disagree on that one. I think that is exactly where we are living in some respects. But in other respects, we are living in another place not mentioned in the article. More about that at the end of this post. Actually, according to the article, we are living in "Samaria."
Tim Stafford, who wrote the article, argues that in Babylonia the citizens don't know anything about the Jews' religion but in Samaria they do. 40 years ago, Stafford would have a good point n the anaology to our country and it's Christianity, but IMO, not today. Ask the average non-Christian what Christianity is all about and I doubt if they can tell you. That's because we've done a rotten job of telling them. At least where I live (in a blue state) people cannot tell you, although perhaps it might not be as true where you live, if you live in a so-called "red state" like the Midwest or South. But I bet most under 35 wouldn't be able to tell you much either. They think it's about the Christian Right "talk," but it isn't. It's about a historical event - the cross and what happened there. If we reach ur society, we had better articlate our faith better to outsiders. As it sounds today, it's too confusing to them because often, it's in such a confused state to us.
Actually, none of those three cities are where we should be heading. Let's get to Athens, because that is where I think we REALLY are. Athens.......from Jerusalem to Athens. We did a detour to Samaria and Babylonia but we need to get to Athens and Corinth and the other Greekified cities of the past, since our country more resembles that culture.
You can read the article here.
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