Still chewing on this blog. I don't think Christianity will end, but I do see the demise of its influence in America. I was especially struck by what the Christian view of marriage changed how women were treated in ancient times, and it was for the better! Christian marriage, if viewed as Christ and His bride the church, is a beautiful union of man and woman.
"In fact, Paul’s teachings on sexual purity and marriage were adopted as liberating in the pornographic, sexually exploitive Greco-Roman culture of the time—exploitive especially of slaves and women, whose value to pagan males lay chiefly in their ability to produce children and provide sexual pleasure. Christianity, as articulated by Paul, worked a cultural revolution, restraining and channeling male eros, elevating the status of both women and of the human body, and infusing marriage—and marital sexuality—with love."
"In Christianity, what people do with their sexuality cannot be separated from what the human person is."
"What makes our own era different from the past, says Rieff, is that we have ceased to believe in the Christian cultural framework, yet we have made it impossible to believe in any other that does what culture must do: restrain individual passions and channel them creatively toward communal purposes."
When I read articles like this I am glad I am old. I do feel for my children and what they will probably have to go through in this country. I guess it's always been a scary world out there, but this seems so much worse.
Of course then I reflect on my marriage and my relationships. I am direct evidence of the failure of the "sexual revolution". It was the 70's and I embrace the women's movement and free sex and love. Only it wasn't free and it damaged me for all my relationships to come including my marriage to a man with a different world view than mine.
I can only look back in sorrow at where my choices have led me. At this point in time I can only see the bad and feel regret and bitterness for my choices.
I am resolved that if there is to be another relationship(Christian marriage) I will not make the same mistakes. I would be treated as Christ treats His bride the church.
It is my prayer.
The original blog I found this article in , ended with this quote and I say,
"Amen, say we!"
"If Christianity becomes radically marginalized, having no cultural power at all, perhaps Christianity will have to return to its essence: Christ, the Gospel, the forgiveness of sins. Because no matter how much people wish to erase anything that restricts them and makes them feel guilty, if Christianity is true (and it is), the moral reality remains. It’s like thinking we can destroy nature; nature always destroys us. Sin kills. People in a society that give itself over to sin will feel those sins. The Gospel will become good news again. Christ will save them. And, ironically, once the Gospel predominates again in the Church, cultural influence–including the Christian view of sexual morality–may well come back as a byproduct."