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In a culture increasingly less Christian than the one in which we grew up, what is our challenge and what is our task?

Hi, I’m Rex Rogers and this is episode #48 of Discerning What Is Best, a podcast applying unchanging biblical principles in a rapidly changing world, and a Christian worldview to current issues and everyday life.


"We live in a world that is de-Christianizing, often self-consciously and intentionally.”

You’ve heard of the Greatest Generation or the Boomers—my generation—and Millennials—so-called “digital natives,” the first to grow up with the internet and computers, and then Generation Z or “Zoomers”—the first cohort to grow up with social media and near unlimited access to screens. 

Generation Z are young people born between 1997 and 2015, and they are the least religious generation ever. Roughly one third of Gen Zers also claim that they have no religion whatsoever, but Gen Z’s percentage of atheists is 21 percent while the percentage of Millennials who are self-proclaimed atheists is 15 percent…Barna Research calls them ‘the first truly post-Christian generation.

And by the way, alongside this (declining faith among young people) in America today, we have seen dramatic increases in the rates of anxiety, depression, and suicide. Both the decrease in overall faith and the increase in depression have been amplified by the pandemic.”

Our emerging generations hold a different view of truth. The general sense among those in Gen Z is that what is true for someone else might not necessarily be “true for me.” …52 percent of these young people have no trust in organized religion

They have a connection to a religion, but it is completely different from what that meant in the past. Almost one third of the same group of affiliated individuals note that they do not believe that being a part of a religion means that you have a faith community. Barna Research also notes that (incredibly,) “more than one-third of Gen Z (37%) believes it is not possible to know for sure if God is real.”

If you think truth is a merely preference, and if you don’t know for sure if God is real, what does this say about your religious views? Certainly, you would not call these view “Christian.”

Some call this emerging culture “Post-Christian.”

Postchristianity is the situation in which Christianity is no longer the dominant civil religion of a society but has gradually assumed values, culture, and worldviews that are not necessarily Christian. Post-Christian tends to refer to the loss of Christianity's monopoly in historically Christian societies.”

A post-Christian society is not merely a society in which agnosticism or atheism is the prevailing fundamental belief. It is a society rooted in the history, culture, and practices of Christianity but in which the religious beliefs of Christianity have been either rejected or, worse, forgotten.”

In 2020, Dr. George Barna’s research found, “Evangelicals are rapidly embracing secularism, with a majority (52%) rejecting absolute moral truth, 75% believing that people are basically good rather than the biblical view of humans having a sin nature, and 61% admitting they no longer read the Bible on a daily basis. One-third to one-half of evangelicals (those that supposedly really tune in to the Word of God) embrace a variety of beliefs and behaviors in direct conflict with longstanding evangelical teaching.

Meanwhile, 60% of mainline Protestants’ beliefs directly conflict with biblical teaching. Their customized belief system revolves around three key values: truth and morality are decided by the individual, not God or the Bible; life has no inherent value or purpose, so individuals should pursue personal happiness or satisfaction; and traditional religious practices are no longer seen as central or essential to their Christian faith.

How can you call this Christian?

‘It’s one thing for Americans to be confused on the finer points or even hotly debated elements of theology,’ Barna explained. ‘But for Americans to misunderstand or to flat out reject the Bible as a foundational source of truth and moral guidance, to reject salvation by grace alone, and to reject core doctrines of the Christian faith points to a major crisis in our society.’”

This crisis starts, by the way, in the family. “Family breakdown is in fact the largest single social disaster plaguing the post-Christian society…When the family breaks down, we get crime, drug-taking, impoverishment, psychological problems, and much else at the personal level; and we get a cycle of deprivation, the growth of an underclass, spiraling social-welfare costs, over-government, and severe budgetary problems at a national level.”

Only 6% of Americans possess a biblical worldview.  biblical worldview – which refers to consistently interpreting and responding to life situations based on biblical principles and teachings.”

Some have called the emerging, ambiguous religious outlook a mouthful of a term, “Moral Therapeutic Deism.” This jargon probably does not help much, but it may be helpful to recognize what it stands for:  

  • God wants people to be good, nice, and fair.
  • The central goal of life is to be happy and to feel good about oneself.
  • God does not need to be particularly involved in one's life except when God is needed to resolve a problem.
  • Good people go to heaven when they die.

Christians, those who actually believe the Bible for what it claims that it is, the inerrant, infallible Word of God, cannot embrace these watered down, fake Christianity viewpoints of so-called Moral Therapeutic Deism.

We do not just believe God exists but believe he is actively engaged in our lives.

Yes, we believe we should be nice, but the real challenge is we know we must follow the Lord and not sin. We know that in contemporary terms “fair” means everyone gets what he or she wants and everyone must get the same, which is not realistic, not always right, and ironically, in the end not “fair.” We know that being happy is not the end-goal of life; working to glorify God is our ultimate goal.

And Christians know that we are not righteous and not worthy of heaven no matter what life we lead, and that everyone needs to respond to the Good News of the Gospel, that Jesus died to pay for our sin so that we might be forgiven, liberated from sin, and one day indeed go to heaven.

Today’s post-Christian world, with its self-centeredness, its quest for happiness and rejection of sacred order and transcendent values, is a rival religion to authentic Christianity.

The term “post-Christian” has some value as a descriptor of an age, but frankly I don’t like it much, because I don’t believe the world will ever be without Christians or Christian witness and influence. 

Our calling in this, our moment, is to discern truth from error, speak the truth in love, and to “always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect,” (1 Pet. 3:15).

We are to be real.

Well, we’ll see you again soon. This podcast is about Discerning What Is Best. If you find this thought-provoking and helpful, follow us on your favorite podcast platform. Download an episode for your friends. For more Christian commentary, check my website, r-e-x-m as in Martin, that’s 

And remember, it is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm.

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