In some of the posts on this blog I have bemoaned (not there is a word I don’t use everyday) how we are taking God out of the “Public Square” especially here in the US. This isn’t just a Catholic issue or even a Christian issue, it will eventually affect every religion. I am an avid believer in religious freedom and expression, no matter what you believe.
This has led me to ponder and pray about how we can change this. How can we bring God back into our society? In the Catholic Church we are going through something called “The New Evangelization.”
Here is how the USCCB defines it:
The New Evangelization calls each of us to deepen our faith, believe in the Gospel message and go forth to proclaim the Gospel. The focus of the New Evangelization calls all Catholics to be evangelized and then go forth to evangelize. In a special way, the New Evangelization is focused on ‘re-proposing’ the Gospel to those who have experienced a crisis of faith. Pope Benedict XVI called for the re-proposing of the Gospel “to those regions awaiting the first evangelization and to those regions where the roots of Christianity are deep but who have experienced a serious crisis of faith due to secularization.”1 The New Evangelization invites each Catholic to renew their relationship with Jesus Christ and his Church.
While I agree with this, I wonder if this will actually help in this country and let me explain why. First, we can take Catholic out of the definition and replace it with Christian since I believe the problem is more than just a Catholic one (as I am pretty sure the Catholic church does as well). My problem is this: Are Christians or any believers the ones we need to reach? Isn’t it the non-believers who are the ones who need to be evangelized? Isn’t the ones who aren’t in the church, any church, who need to be churched?
How do we evangelize these people? How do we reach them? How do we bring God back into the lives of those who don’t have Him there now? This is the question and our lives depend on the answer.
More to come.