Musings on Spiritual Matters

by Matthew Morine

The New Landscape for Evangelism

The Old Testament tells the story of the people of God dealing with the pagan Gods.  The Lord of Lords, is God, and above all idols, or so called gods.  Throughout the O.T. text, God jealously guards against his people following after the gods of the pagans.  The New Testament tells a similar story.   Rome is not god, Zeus is not god, there is one God, and his Son is Jesus Christ.  You must only worship him.  Once again, the method of evangelism was to declare the Lord to be Lord, in a world of completing gods.  The foundation was that there is a God, just who was he.

As we move to the 21 century, what is changing is the increasing of a secular culture.  The culture no longer wonders if there is a god, or a need for a god, the desire to need God is no longer prevalent.  In ages past, mostly everyone desired to know God, or a god, but in today’s world, this is not the case.  There is not a strong need to know of the Lord, the knowing a god is optional.  Of course there is this desire to be spiritual, but this is a step away, and probably not similar to the O.T. and the N.T. cultures.  I believe this desire to be spiritual is a desire to be emotional, and reach some humanistic vibe.

So as we move forward into this new landscape, how do we communicate the gospel to a America that no longer sees a need for the Lord?  The gospel is spreading in African because of this culture of having gods in the landscape.  It is about which one, not if there is one.  In America, worshipping a god seems optional, or totally pointless.  How do you reach a secular culture that has placed God to the side?  This is probably the best questions moving forward.

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About The Author

Matthew is originally from Nova Scotia, Canada. He has a beautiful wife named Charity and a precious baby named Gabrielle. He has graduated from the Brown Trail School of Preaching, Heritage Christian University with his Bachelors of Arts in Biblical Studies, Lipscomb University with his Master’s of Arts in Biblical Studies and his Master’s of Divinity at Freed-Hardeman University. He is presently working towards his Doctorate of Ministry at Harding Graduate School of Religion. His articles have appeared in the World Evangelist, the Highway to Holiness, The West Virginia Christian, The Christian Echo, The Firm Foundation, Church Growth, and the Gospel Advocate. He enjoys hockey, golf, boxing, and chess. In his spare time he enjoys reading numerous genres of books. Also, he is working on climbing all of the 14ers in Colorado. Matthew is the Pulpit Minister for the Castle Rock church of Christ.

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