Beginning with the 1960s, a post-Christian culture has taken over American society. There have been other anti-Christian movements around the globe. Communism has dominated Russia and socialism Europe. Of late, Europe has invited in large numbers of Muslims, who are aggressively imposing their culture on European society. A Hindu political party has taken over India and is actively oppressing Christians. These and other movements around the globe give the impression that Christianity comprises a failing movement with atheism, communism, socialism, Islam, and Hinduism becoming the dominant forces.
Numerous signs, however, indicates a return to a conservative and even a Christian orientation. The most notable one in America is found in the election of Donald Trump, who campaigned on Christian values such as opposition to abortion and saying “Merry Christmas.” This trend also manifests itself in America’s current rebuff of the NFL for coddling players who disrespect the flag and the National Anthem.
Similar trends are occurring in Europe. The Prime Minister of Hungary, Viktor Orbán, has expressed commitment to guarding its Christian heritage and has resisted the forces seeking to destroy that heritage. Recently he asserted, “Western liberalism would mean spiritual suicide for the central Europeans.” He also has opposed the efforts of the European Union to populate Hungary with Muslim immigrants and the efforts of George Soros to undermine Hungarian Christian culture.
I urge you to watch this video of a rally in Poland.
Notice the vast size of this rally. Observe also how many young people are engaged, including the girl speaking. Of special importance is her statement: “Here, Jesus Christ is our King.” This rally is not only pursuing a political agenda but also a spiritual one.
Even Vladimir Putin has condemned Western atheism and debauchery. Recently Pat Buchanan wrote, “In the culture war for the future of mankind, Putin is planting Russia’s flag firmly on the side of traditional Christianity.” One might question Putin’s motives and his own ethics; however, he has publicly displayed support for Christian values, for example, opposition to homosexuality, for which he has received substantial criticism.
We are also finding conservative political trends in nations such Great Britain with the passing of Brexit, in the Czech Republic where Trump-like Andrej Babis is now Prime Minister-designate, in Austria, where conservative 31-year-old Sebastian Kurz recently won the election for the head of the government, and in France and Germany where conservative parties continue to gain strength. Though these elections do not directly reflect growing support for Christianity in these nations, they do suggest that these populations are moving toward more conservative positions, which creates an atmosphere more conducive to Christian revival.
Evangelical Christianity continues to gain momentum in South America and Africa. Report regularly emerge of unprecedented numbers of conversions in some Muslim countries in the Middle East. The evangelical church in China and South Korea continues to expand,
Together these trends suggest a growing global weariness of these worldviews with their tyrannical tendencies, irrational positions, and failed policies. Some populations are already pursuing the Christian alternatives while the vacuum left in others provides a prime opportunity for Christian expansion.
At this point, it is difficult to predict the ultimate outcome of these trends. However, American spiritual leadership probably comprises a major factor in future global revival. A healthy and growing American evangelical church would provide a major impetus for a new wave of Christian expansion around the world.
Currently, however, the evangelical church in America is neither healthy nor growing. Counterattack: Why Evangelicals Are Losing the Culture War and How It Can Win, explains why the contemporary American evangelical church is sickly and shrinking. The book also provides a prescription for the church’s health and a strategy for its growth. I would urge you to read this book and share it with your friends. The vitality of the American evangelical church and its development of an effective strategy are of ultimate importance not only to American but also global spiritual well-being. Currently, our nation and our world are at a crossroads. Opportunity is ripe for national and global revival. The great question of the hour is whether the American evangelical church will possess the vitality and strategy necessary to seize the moment.