America is a country of many choices. Choice is good - if you have the discipline to apply the privilege. Sometimes it seems like it can cause an onset of ADD. There are certain clothing stores I can't walk into because the volume of available stuff is overwhelming. The opportunity to exercise choice when it comes to goods and services is a valuable right. It is what drives our economy. One area where choice is now being exercised as if people were at a smorgasbord is with regard to places of worship. Ever since the Christian world has migrated from the Roman Catholic Church, to Anglicanism, Lutheranism, Presbyterianism, various Reformed churches of northern Europe, Baptist, etc, people have usually remained faithful to the church into which they were born and baptized. With the advent of the modern evangelical movement, the subsequent explosion of “seeker” churches, and the diminishing belief in covenantal relationships, including the covenant of marriage, people have begun to church hop in the same way that they choose which grocery store to frequent. It’s a trend that will continue for some time, although I believe it is the cause of the tiny but significant trend of a migration back “across the Tiber.” And now may I introduce the following guest post by Jason Helopoulos at Justin Taylor’s Gospel Coalition blog.
No judgment here, just food for thought.
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