The Real Future of Christianity

Tony Jones, a progressive Christian blogger at the excellent Patheos, recently posted about a forthcoming conference he’s helped to organize and stated that he hopes that he and his like-minded peers are the future of Christianity.

There’s always going to be stories about how the Christians of tomorrow won’t look like the Christians of today (for good or bad). But it got me thinking that every time someone talks about what tomorrow holds for Christianity, they always get the focus wrong.

The future of Christianity is not in Latin America or Africa.

The future of Christianity is not promoting an inclusive environment for gay people.

The future of Christianity is not breaking the idolatrous obsession American Christians have with lobbying political parties to do their will.

The future of Christianity has always and will forever lie in Jesus Christ.

Without the Incarnation, without the death of our Lord, without his glorious Resurrection, there is no future for Christianity. It wouldn’t matter how Christians acted or how much they gave or how inclusive they might be.

Without the risen Jesus, there is no future for Christianity. There’d be no Christianity at all, and certainly no hope to which we could cling.

I understand why people want to figure out what the next generation of believers will look like, but it doesn’t help anyone when we act as if the power of our faith rests anywhere other than Christ.

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