As I survey the chatter among the select few emerging/post-evangelical blogs that have survived the purges of my RSS reader I see very few people considering the drastic changes that are coming to western society. One would think that the emerging types would be all over this given how culturally relevant they try to be. With a couple of exceptions (like here and here) they are clueless. All the intellectual wrangling over the meaning of truth will soon be replaced by concerns over the daily essentials of life.
I’m sorry that my blog has been all doom all the time lately but I keep watching this train wreck unfold and it has really gripped my mind. The church may proclaim to be built on the unshakeable kingdom but so much of what we do is built up on a economic system that has all the durability of a house of cards. We have even invented new Christian consumer religion to compliment the materialism of our time. We bought in to the idea of unlimited growth without any notion of sustainability. It is all going to implode.
When the prophets of our time are oil billionaires, fringe political movements and environmentalists it is a sad commentary on the role of the church as a moral force. What so much of the rest of the world has discovered is that rampant consumerism, selfish individualism, and unsustainable practices are all sin. They are things society needs to repent of if it wants to be healthy.