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How Relevant is the Church in Today's Culture?

As the relevancy of the church appears to be on the decline, some local pastors are meeting to discuss this in the wake of such things as the Sandy Hook shooting.

The mass shootings that appear to be on the increase have people searching for answers to this apparent wound in today's culture. Vice President Joe Biden was called on to head up a task force to find out how to combat the problem. Things under consideration include gun violence and how to address it, mental health issues in the country and whether the rampant violence on television and in the movies contributes to these events. Also under the spotlight are the violent games that many children are raised on now.

But there are others who say the problem goes much deeper and at its core is the moral decline in today's society and linked to that is the sidelining of the church. A group of pastors is meeting in Loganville this week to address the relevancy of the church in today's society.

"This is in the light of the tragedy in Connecticut," said Bob Farrier, a pastor who recently moved to the area from Florida. 

So what do you think? Is the relevancy of the church on the decline and do you think that has any culpability in recent events such as the mass shooting in Connecticut?

David Brown January 15, 2013 at 02:27 PM
I commend the Christian singers who are performing in a free event tonight in Newtown, Connecticut. TobyMac, Chris Tomlin, Mandisa, Laura Story, Casting Crowns, Steven Curtis Chapman, and Building 429 will be there. I also commend the team from Calvary Chapel-Stone Mountain who went to New Jersey to help residents rebuild from Hurricane Sandy. These type of activities by Christians advance the relevancy of the church. They also more accurately reflect the heart of Jesus and help the cause of the gospel than when Christians participate in certain political activities.
Good Grief Y'all January 15, 2013 at 03:30 PM
Amen. "Don't speak to me about your religion; first show it to me in how you treat other people. Don't tell me how much you love your God; show me in how much you love all His children. Don't preach to me your passion for your faith; teach me through your compassion for your neighbors. In the end, I'm not as interested in what you have to tell or sell, as I am in how you choose to live and give." ~~~ Mayor Cory Booker, Newark
r patton January 15, 2013 at 05:12 PM
Never, never discuss religion or politics in public, you will only lose.
r patton January 15, 2013 at 05:13 PM
David Brown, did you ever think it makes "THEM" feel good, not about the disaster?
Pete January 18, 2013 at 04:03 PM
And what about the 8 out of 13 Georgia members of the House of Representatives who voted NO to Hurricane Sandy Aid to people in the Northeast? God forgive them. They need to go to church.

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