David Brooks here, and worth reading   http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/30/opinion/david-brooks-the-next-culture-war.htm   suggests that Christians continue to work within a broken world to bring love and wholeness. That is a role true Christianity has played since the time of Christ, but it is ONLY because of Jesus himself living within the born-again believer that there is any desire to love God, and show the love of God to a lost and needy world.  Brooks writes some accurate descriptions about the present state of the decline of the West, but he fails to see  the central issue.  If Jesus Christ does not dwell within us by his spirit, what would motivate someone to live sacrificially, for the good of others.  Why share of your earthly goods and pleasures, why expend your time and energy on behalf of others?  Why not eat, drink and be merry for tomorrow we die?  

It is the love of God in Christ that makes true Christianity a force of good over evil, on earth and for eternity.   Gerda

DAVID BROOKS:  The New York Times

Christianity is in decline in the United States. The share of Americans who describe themselves as Christians and attend church is dropping. Evangelical voters make up a smaller share of the electorate. Members of the millennial generation are detaching themselves from religious institutions in droves.

Christianity’s gravest setbacks are in the realm of values. American culture is shifting away from orthodox Christian positions on homosexuality, premarital sex, contraception, out-of-wedlock childbearing, divorce and a range of other social issues. More and more Christians feel estranged from mainstream culture. They fear they will soon be treated as social pariahs, the moral equivalent of segregationists because of their adherence to scriptural teaching on gay marriage. They fear their colleges will be decertified, their religious institutions will lose their tax-exempt status, their religious liberty will come under greater assault.

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