The future of evangelicalism
With the recent appointment of a lesbian bishop in The Episcopal Church, Global Anglican affairs are in the news once again.
Almost 20 years ago I remember being in a meeting where our current Sydney Anglican leaders foresaw the appointment of openly homosexual people to such positions. To all others present at that meeting, it seemed unthinkable. Almost 20 years on, it is humbling and disturbing to see this come to reality, and a powerful reminder that we must hold firmly to the authority of the Scriptures. This is where the battle is being played out.
More locally, the trial of ‘ethics’ lessons began this week in some Primary schools. Our society has seen in the last 30 years how the marginalization of God has been paralleled by a decline in morals. Yet, our politicians are spinning the issue to further marginalize Christians, while at the same time maintaining that Australia is a Christian country.
My question has been: what difference can I make?
Herein lies the reason that I have recently decided to return to Uganda later this year, to lead the KCC team that will once again run NextGen Uganda.
We can help with theological education. Whilst we can take what we have for granted, the evangelical world is craving it, and craving it from Sydney Evangelicals.
My time in Uganda last year was an extraordinary experience. Yes, the physical conditions were different. And yes, it was eye opening to see another culture. But it was nothing short of overwhelming to see how the young people in Uganda had such a hunger for the Word of God. They had such a zeal for Jesus and had countless questions (see the video report here). It is in Africa that the future of Evangelical Christianity is looking the brightest.
It is such a privilege to be invited to return to Uganda. They would like this year's conference more than twice as big as last years.
Already the youth of Sydney at the recent KYCK Conventions have dug deep to help make this a reality, exceeding their fundraising target by some considerable margin.
Once again we will be proud partners with the Anglican Diocese of Armidale. And there is scope for others to be involved. Maybe you look at the state of Evangelical Christianity and wish to make a difference. Maybe for a while you have wanted to make a contribution to less fortunate brothers and sisters on the other side of the world. Maybe you realise how much biblical knowledge you have been blessed with, and want to use it to help others. If you are interested in knowing more, please contact me through the kcc office.
But for now, and the purposes of this blog: given the state of Christianity around the world, how else can we make a difference?