Sunday, June 11, 2017

America at the Crossroads

This was a hard book to read.  But it was a necessary book to read.

George Barna doesn't sugarcoat what's happening in America in the 21st Century.  Our "do whatever makes you feel good" type of morality is weakening relationships of all kinds.  While a majority of American describe themselves as spiritual, that spirituality is based on an individual's personal concept and beliefs and not necessarily based on a holy book like the Bible.  Institutions upon which we once relied for helping us achieve a high standard of living no longer have the trust of a majority of people.  Christians in general seem to be bullied by those factions that oppose the basic tenants of the faith and are often silent instead of taking a risk and standing up for what they believe.

These are just a few of the things you'll learn as you work your way through Barna's book.

The book is based on four parts.  Barna explores faith and spirituality; government and politics; lifestyles and perspectives.  The final part focuses upon what Barna believes the reader can do to confront a changing USA. I found Barna's approach in this last part very Law oriented and wasn't sure that a reader would feel motivated to change their lives as Barna urges.  None of us can change ourselves because of the sin and brokenness in our lives.  I would have appreciated to have read more about Jesus and how He has healed the brokenness of all people through His suffering, death and resurrection. Embracing Christ by faith is the first step toward healing and the new life that only the Lord can give.

One thing seems clear from reading "America at the Crossroads" - our country has actually become a mission field.  More and more people are in need of being touched by the love of Jesus Christ.  Those individuals and churches that are not afraid to offer a winsome but confident defense of the Gospel can and will make a difference in the lives of those who call our country home.  Reading this book will provide you with an understanding of our times and offer ideas for dealing with the changes taking place all around us.