Current trends challenging for the church

Dr Guinness during the public lecture (Photo by Ivan Naijuka)

BY ALEX TSONGO MATHE

The church has been challenged to shift focus from the seen to the unseen in order to assail the current trends of leaning towards secularism. The call was made by Dr Os Guinness, a renowned Christian author, while he was delivering the Uganda Christian University annual public lecture on October 19 at Sheraton Hotel in Kampala.

“The church is facing many challenges today. Christianity is being affected by the modern shifting of trends. These include the shifting from authority to preference, the shift from integrated faith to fragmented faith, and the one from a supernatural worldview to a secular worldview.

“People tend to believe the present instead of the unseen, yet the unseen is more real, leading them to the path of secularism,” he explained.

Dr Guinness advised Christians to advocate for Christianity for everyone and carry out a cultural analysis of the Western world, if humanity and Christianity are to survive.

The lecture, which was held under the theme: “Impossible people: the 21st century challenges for Evangelicals,” was also attended by Dr Fred Sheldon Mwesigwa, the bishop of West Ankole Diocese, and Prof. Ezra Suruma, the chancellor of Makerere University.

In his address, Dr Mwesigwa blamed the decline of faith in the church on post-modernism, where the word of God has lost supremacy to manipulative entertainment that is packaged to turn Christians away from God, and the media that is distorting the original word of God.

“The apparent influence of the Western culture on faith is a challenge in itself. There is a famous saying that when the West sneezes, the whole world catches a cold. It is no surprise that Christians are adopting the theology of ‘God is dead’ which is common in the West,” he said.

He encouraged all Christians to stand firm amidst the challenges and persecutions that they face.

Dr Suruma, who was the guest of honour at the event, cited Revelation 12:7-9 and told Christians that they are in a world where they will meet many challenges testing their faith. “But all the answers are in the Bible,” he said

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