In spite of the rejection of the explicit language of religion, the “sacred” continues to exist and operate in our modern society. Though “Christianity is no longer the religion of the masses”, humankind remains “just as religious as medieval man” (65), for the state is the new sacred, politics the new religion, and technology “the instrument of liberation… the god who saves.”
In “Bad Religion” New York Times columnist Ross Douthat
argues that “America’s problem isn’t too much religion, or too little of it. It’s bad religion: the slow-motion collapse of traditional Christianity and the rise of a variety of destructive pseudo-Christianities in its place”
The current craze in contemporary spiritual literature is to embrace a Churchless Christianity. I realize that this is often done out of frustration. But the church that Christ loves is not a supermodel, but rather, a flawed and broken bride. Like Christ, we must regain a love for the church as it really is – warts and all – and not as we imagine it should be.