We live in a cultural situation right now that looks far more similiar to the early Christian experience than for the past 1,000 years in the West. The following quote is an equally fit description of the American landscape with regard to living the Faith at the beginning of the second decade of 2012 as it is of their lives back then:
“Because the church in the second and third centuries maintained a parallel existence with other faiths in the multireligious culture, Christian identity depended upon a radical focus on Jesus, even while maintaining contact with people of other worldviews.” (Kenda Creasy Dean, “Almost Christian: What the Faith of Our Teenagers Is Telling the American Church“; p. 91.)
Restructuring? Reorganizing? For the sake of the faith of the emerging generations, what we must remember to do is put all of our eggs in one basket – Jesus Christ. We must refocus and live in such ways individually and in community that no one can look at us and not notice the cruciform way we live that reflects our complete devotion to live as Jesus lived, even in suffering for the sack of others.
How we live makes a difference, but the difference begins with for whom we live!