The Bible is very easy to understand. But we Christians are a bunch of scheming swindlers.
We pretend to be unable to understand it because we know very well that the minute we understand,
we are obliged to act accordingly.

Provocations: Spiritual Writings of Kierkegaard

(a hornets nest on the side of a house Blue Ridge, Ga / Julie Cook / 2018)

The world in which we live is the battleground of the Church.
I believe that we are now living at the end of Christendom.
It is the end of Christendom, but not the end of Christianity.

What is Christendom?

Christendom is the political, economic, moral, social, legal life of a nation as
inspired by the gospel ethic. That is finished.

Abortion, the breakdown of family life, dishonesty,
even the natural virtues upon which the supernatural virtues were based,
are being discredited.

Christianity is not at the end.
But we are at the end of Christendom.

And I believe that the sooner we wake up to this fact,
the sooner we will be able to solve many of our problems.

Venerable Fulton J. Sheen
from Through the Year with Fulton Sheen

19 comments on “Christendom

  1. Cool! The end of Christendom cannot possibly be a bad thing if it brings us closer to Jesus Christ. Our faith is so much bigger than culture,ideology, or our political causes. I’m kind of risk adverse, I prefer comfort too, but a negative side effect of Christendom in the Western world is that our faith can become more about people favor, culture, and social status then it is about the Lord.

  2. Tricia says:

    Great perspective Julie, thanks for sharing! While things can seem doomy and gloomy, getting back to the basics of Christianity and what it’s really all about is a good thing.

  3. Again— my phone typing 🙄— *such an apparent ending is in actuality a beginning—

  4. oneta hayes says:

    Maybe that is what we need. However, we must take the persecution that comes with it.

  5. Salvageable says:

    Sounds like Kierkegaard 150 years ago. J.

  6. DeniseBalog says:

    We can’t “play” Church anymore. I never thought I would see these days. You are right, the Church will grow stronger and stronger as we embrace who we are in Christ Jesus. Good post.

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  8. Powerful and convicting, dearest Julie! A lot of food for thought here! ❤ ❤

    • thank you Lynn—I keep thinking I’ll find some time to actually email an update of our chaotic life but the chaos seems to be prevailing…
      so most of my posts have been mere quotes—albeit some pretty powerful quotes worth sharing. Thank you for cheering my day when I see your smiling face.

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