In the book of Acts there were times that thousands of people were joining the church and there were other times when it tells us that nobody dared join the church. When things got difficult or when the cost was deemed too high, people kept their distance.
The United States for the last 235 years or so (with few exceptions) has pretty much been in the ‘easy and beneficial to be a Christian’ category attracting many people because of the benefits of being a Christian. It benefited business people and politicians. It benefited families and cities. It gave citizens social standing. And churches were full. In recent years, that’s been more rapidly changing.
‘Cultural Christianity’ is a term used to describe people who relate to being a Christian but aren’t die hard followers of Jesus. They might be described as ‘lukewarm’ or marginal Christians. They may attend church when it’s convenient, if at all. And those people have been slowly drifting away from the church for a number of years.
As our society continues to drift further from Biblical teaching, and as some churches hold fast to Biblical teaching, the church is going to keep losing social status. Churches and Christian schools that won’t go along with the government on gay marriage will eventually lose tax exempt status and that’s just the beginning. However, the church was never intended to rely on social status. But since it’s used to it, it’s going to be difficult for many when persecution replaces being celebrated.
We are witnessing the end of cultural Christianity.