Australian religion and spirituality is in a state of flux. We find ourselves somewhere between what was, what is, and what could be.
Our world has (and is) experiencing seismic shifts in many facets of society, with religion and spirituality front and centre. Christianity is watching this future unfold, with arguably the most change and adaptation to come…if it chooses too.
Christianity has been the religion of choice for most Aussies for a long time, and yet over the past twenty years, things have changed. Big time!
The place christians now find themselves within Australian society has moved. They are no longer at the centre of culture, but on the fringes. And this has implications for how God’s people do kingdom life. Unfortunately, we haven’t really adapted to the different landscape before us. We’ve been slow to react, but things are now starting to move—this is a great thing.
There are lots of reasons why these shifts have happened, but I don’t want to focus on those. I want to look forward.
My goal over the next few posts is to provide some thought provoking ideas that will help christians transition into what God may be up to in our beautiful country. The good news has never changed, but the culture it aims to reach is always shifting, and Australia in many ways is at the forefront of these shifts.
I’m not out to irritate, but to ask some questions and offer some direction to help move us forward. We need to do things differently, and as Einstein suggested, ‘insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result’. Let’s not go insane yeah?!
We can move to a different beat and let’s see what happens when we do. God’s future for Australia is bright, if we listen closely to the Spirit and follow where he leads.
We need to try something.
See ya tomorrow for thought #1.