Reading through some different blogs I came across a post by Doug on whether or not we really can consider ourselves living in a “post-Christian” context. On another blog I read an argument suggesting we are certainly living in a “post-Christian” America.
It may be some time before we can be too definitive either way. Doug offered an interesting description of our day – we are “post-church.” People may indeed be interested in God, knowing God and being spiritual. But, they are not necessarily drawn to the church. So, if post means something after that discards the former then certainly we could be described as being in a “post-church” environment. What may be offered to us is a way forward to thinking about how we could be “post-church” in the sense where we take apart what is considered church, dispense with those things that reveal our preferences (that may be in lock-step with a given age/day/period of time) and cut them away from those things we find important/significant about what it means to “be” the church. Making this move may indeed come close to bringing us into a “post-church” environment where the church is not dispensed with but rather a particular way of doing/being church culturally connected to a former day may be set aside for a way of doing/being church more intent on transformation of a different time and space.