Russell Moore of the SBC writes “I believe the decline of cultural Christianity demands, first, thanksgiving to God for rescuing us from it.” This sound pious for sure. But he, and we, will miss the day the culture paid some kind of lip service to Christian values and beliefs.
To wish for a pagan culture so that “true” Christians can be identified is an absurd wish. No one desires hypocrisy as a good in and of itself, but cultural Christianity is not of necessity rank. GK Chesterton puts it this way. “We ought to see far enough into a hypocrite to see even his sincerity. We ought to be interested in that darkest and most real part of a man in which dwell not the vices that he does not display, but the virtues that he cannot.” Hypocrisy is the compliment vice pays to virtue. Cultural Christianity is the evidence that true Christianity has a definite presence, even as ripples in water says that somewhere there has been a real splash. Away with the applause over the death of cultural Christianity.