What makes a nation Christian? Many leaders are anxious about the significance of recent ABS figures that show are marked decline in the number of people self-identifying as Christian, reaching a record low of 52%. Among adults under 35 its below 40%.
In an effort to make Australia Christian again, leaders have responded to such information in two ways. Either they want to circle the wagons by focusing on their own doctrinal purity and moral capacity. Or they want to jazz up their worship to get more people through the door.
Reading Amos (5.18-24) I’m not sure that either approach is a good idea. Faithful people can’t simply live in a bubble or think the job is done because their services are perfect or full. What matters to God is that justice and living well rolls like a mighty and unstoppable river. Perhaps Australia has become less Christian because the church’s vision for fairness and caring about others has all silted up. If you want to find out how to get the river roaring again, why not stop past Basement this Sunday from 10am?