I'd seen this Newsweek cover ... in fact, picked it up off the magazine rack earlier this week and then thought, "Yeah, right -- when am I going to have time to read this during Holy Week" and put it back.
And then our Channel 4 News folks called. Reporter Ted Chen is doing a segment on tomorrow's early morning Sunday Show on the cover article by Jon Meacham -- (yes, that would be Easter Sunday) -- and could I find time to be part of their conversation about "The Decline and Fall of Christian America?"
Ummm ... "let me think about it." The chance to get a few words of Easter Evangelism out to folks sitting home on Easter Sunday morning watching the Channel 4 News ... yeah, I think we're going to try to make that happen!
So (after discerning that I could get to the studio and back in time for the 9:00 service at All Saints) said "you betcha" ... and have therefore spent my Holy Saturday doing some facinating though unanticipated reading, research and reflection.
In just a little while I'll turn my attention to things liturgical and head over to church for the baptism of 17 tiny ones at 4:00 and then the Great Vigil of Easter -- where we'll baptize 9 adults and teenagers; welcome 28 new members and enjoy together the retelling of our salvation history in the context of the first Eucharist of Easter. (Note important difference between "Christian America" and "Christian Gospel." The former may be declining but the latter is alive and well in MANY parts of the church!)
More on The Decline and Fall of Christian America can wait for tomorrow ... (film at eleven!) ... but here's one great quote I gleaned from our friend Jim Wallis in my reading "for the road:"
Personally, I am not offended or alarmed by the notion of a post-Christian America. Christianity was originally and, in my view, always meant to be a minority faith with a counter-cultural stance; as opposed to the dominant cultural and political force. Notions of a Christian America quite frankly haven’t turned out very well.