If there is one thing that serving millennials has taught me, it’s that the state of the church in its current form might be in peril. But the state of their faith might not be in jeopardy at all.
Contrary to the postmodern idea that truth is invented by the individual, Christians ought to confess that truth is inherited. The truths we are to believe—including doctrinal truths—are to be handed down from generation to generation, and believed and confessed with increasing confidence and clarity.
There is much work to be done for the church to be a transforming influence in our world. It’s not a task we can tackle on our own; we need each other, both those with whom we agree and those with whom we don’t.
If we are brothers and sisters, then we are family – and as we all know, families have plenty of disagreements and arguments. But if we are family – the family of God, as brothers and sisters in Christ – then we stick together.
If we spend all of our time trying to discern who is the truest “true church”, I believe we contradict the vision contained in Revelation. As churches and denominations, we should continue to develop our unique accent or voice in God’s great choir—realizing that we might miss a note from time to time, and that there will be some dissonance, but that the most important part is that we are all singing the same song, glorifying the King.
Within the Reformed tradition and reformational framework, institutional actions are discussed in terms of their “right” societal roles and responsibilities (sphere sovereignty). In these conversations, we often lose sight of the historical development of institutions built on oppression of people, and the impact that this history plays on the present.