- 52% said that the Church should be in the culture but not of it.
- 21% said the Church should be the culture.
- 15% said the Church should be completely involved in the culture.
- 10% said the Church should stay completely out of the culture.
The Church in Europe is virtually dead. The chart below shows how much people profess to believe in the Christian God. If it wasn't for the Pope being in Italy it would be perhaps even lower. They have let go of God and have lost their hold on society. Europe's culture had spread into the Church and now it is basically gone. Thank God for the our Catholic brothers and sisters in Africa, Australia, and Latin America or it would be dead there too. We need to pray for those in Asia and the Middle East who are by far out-numbered. The Church in the United States is now losing its grip. Atheism is on the rise faster than any thought/religion in the US.
Why? Maybe it is because we feel compelled to be like the world. The world sees no difference anymore between the Church and what they preach against.
Maybe, just maybe we have become too complacent and have been assimilated into the world. Doesn't scripture tell us to not be a part of the world? Some will argue that Jesus went into the culture to save people. But a big question is: did Jesus become part of the culture or did He try and change it while He was in it? The answer is Jesus did not become part of the culture. Sure He talked to people like the woman at the well, Zachias, Matthew, and even Pharisees who hated Him, but He did NOT act like them. He didn't involve Himself with the "orgies" of the culture. He did not whore Himself out to wim the hearts or trust of people. He went to them and had compassion on them. He went to them and confronted them. I am sure He had fun at the gatherings and events but He did not become part of the culture. He drove it. People wanted to be more like Him. Paul warns us not go after worldly desires. Jude tells us that in the last days there will be those who cause divisions becasue they are worldly minded.
So many questions and no real answers. This next question has never been answered: how much can the Church change and still be the Church?