Is Christianity relevant anymore? Well, there are a lot of people, both Christian and non-Christian, who would argue that no, the largest religion in the world is no longer relevant.
I’m going to try to look at this subject from an unbiased perspective. Because If you’re familiar with this blog, you know that I’m a Christian, and so I obviously would lean towards the answer “yes, it’s still relevant!” but I’m not going to do that. I’m not going to rush to any answer just because I want it to be true.
Let’s start with some numbers. Christianity is growing. There’s no doubt about that. But that doesn’t mean that it’s spreading rapidly. A 2015 study by Pew Research projects that by 2050, there will be 3 billion Christians on the planet. That’s a big number, but still, the growth isn’t particularly impressive when taking population growth and other factors into account.
“appropriate to the current time, period, or circumstances; of contemporary interest”
– Dictionary definition of relevant
The Bible is not relevant to public discussion. Not anymore. Yes, you may hear some verses or ideas from the Bible shared publicly, but it’s not relevant on the whole.
You really can’t use the Bible to justify anything anymore. You can’t use it as a defense. Outside of the church, no one wants to hear it anymore. It’s unfortunate, but you really can’t expect to use anything from the Bible to argue with a non-Christian.
I’m not saying Christianity is irrelevant. Because it’s not. But the Bible, the thing we use to enforce and base our beliefs, is now not relevant in American culture. It’s a sad thing, but it’s not the end. We can still reach people, but not by spouting verses at them.
By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”
– John 13:35 ESV
Jesus calls us to love one another. He says that’s how unbelievers will know us. Love is attractive. And before we start trying to teach the Bible at the world, let’s learn how to love each other.
Just to clarify, I want everyone to know that the Bible is incredibly valuable. I’m just saying that Jesus said people will know us by our love, not how well we can recite the Bible. So let’s be love and live loved.