If you haven't read Michael Spencer's (aka iMonk) op-ed piece in the Christian Science Monitor, I'd enthusiastically commend it to you. The article has enjoyed tremendous circulation (even Drudge picked it up!), and has prompted some good discussion. Spencer's prognostications for evangelicalism are bleak, but the article ends on a hopeful note;
Despite all of these challenges, it is impossible not to be hopeful. As one commenter has already said, "Christianity loves a crumbling empire."
We can rejoice that in the ruins, new forms of Christian vitality and ministry will be born. I expect to see a vital and growing house church movement. This cannot help but be good for an evangelicalism that has made buildings, numbers, and paid staff its drugs for half a century.
We need new evangelicalism that learns from the past and listens more carefully to what God says about being His people in the midst of a powerful, idolatrous culture.
I agree with Spencer that cultural hostility towards evangelicalism will increase, as will decentralized expressions of the church. Here's what I'm wondering...given that evangelicalism is crumbling in the West (and feel free to dispute this claim if you like);
1. What elements within the movement do we need to fight for?
2. What elements within the movement do we need to redeem?
3. What elements within the movement do we need to discard?
I want to ask these questions while the ship is still afloat.