One Church, Many Tribes
It’s no secret that we live in a secular age. Richard John Neuhaus coined an evocative term in the 1980s, “the naked public square,” which cemented the loss of enchantment in a discourse increasingly obsessed with utility and politics, slipping away from questions of moral cohesion or a dialogue with transcendent truth claims.
But this remains a relatively recent phenomenon. There are those still alive today who remember a time when major newspapers published sermons of social consequence as a weekly matter of course, when magazines like Time honored theologians alongside Nobel Prize winners and heads of state.
Here at Breaking Ground, we don’t envision that religion as historically taken for granted will recover any kind of mainstream cultural currency, nor are we advocating that it necessarily should. But given the upsurge in existential reflection and moral casting about this 2020, it seemed worthwhile to turn to a source of wisdom and social literature that rarely gets a global hearing—namely, the preached Word of God.
We need to work to discern his call through our deafness and the noise of our culture. God is not one voice among many, but a hidden and mysterious voice that is difficult to discern even in the best of conditions. We are called to listen closely for God’s voice and to look for the modern-day Samuels.