Recently, while listening to one of the 9Marks interviews (A Round table Discussion on the Church with Mark Dever, Matt Schmucker, Greg Gilbert, and Paul Alexander), I was struck by something said by Mark Dever. When asked if he is encouraged by the church today, he said the following:
"I think I genuinely see signs of increasing faithfulness in churches. And in a funny way, I think the secularization of our culture that the Christian right so laments, may be in God's strange left hand of providence, a way of driving the church to faithfulness, to greater faithfulness. As the incentives for nominal Christianity wear out, the real thing comes back. And its just a glory to behold, and that's what sinners need."
Well said! The increasingly post-Christian state of America is in some ways a reason for celebration, or at least hope. Unless our culture shifts once again, Christianity will become less and less cultural, and we can rejoice in that as a means of purification for Christ's church.