Pastors across America struggle with the persistent and accelerating decline of the church. They pray, preach, and ponder. The decline is unrelenting. Why?
Robert Bellah is the Editor of a book published in 1985, Habits of The Heart. It is a study of the profound loss of 'community' in America. In that title he coined a phrase to describe this devastating onslaught - Ontological Individualism.
The essence of that term describes the desire to be utterly and absolutely independent of one another.
God created mankind as a community of being all connected to and impacted by the conduct of the others. The hue and cry today is "what I do is my business"! Really?
Every divorce tears at the fabric of our nation. The children of divorce stagger under the loss of a father.
Every act of adultery tears at the fabric of our nation. Remarriage takes the cause(s) into the next union and repeats same.
Every robbery tears at the fabric of our nation. Incarceration solves nothing. We need confession, repentance and restitution.
Every murder tears at the fabric of our nation. Those who kill should be executed.
The church must enter the Marketplace and declare with compassion and clarity the oneness that mankind shares. Truth is transcendent and applies to all people in every land without exception. Grace makes the application of this Truth possible.