In Church History we have just looked at Constantine and seen how he brought in the beginnings of Christendom in the Western World. The church dramatically went from being a persecuted minority to people with social and political privileges unprecedented for Christians anywhere before. Suddenly to be Christian was a matter of fashion rather than fear.
Although the persecutions subsided, the counter cultural aspects of Christianity were non-existent.
Is Christianity still Christianity when it is no longer counter-cultural? I think for the Christians facing persecution at the time of the arrival of Constantine would have had an immense feeling of joy and relief, but was it at too much cost to the gospel? You can see the reverse thing happen at private Christian schools. When students leave the comforts of where it is 'cool' or accepted to be Christian, suddenly the desire for acceptance, money and sex becomes more important than the gospel.
The parable of the Good Samaritan: the unexpurgated postscript - … And Jesus concluded, “Which one of these three, do you think, was a neighbour to the man who fell into the hands of the robbers?” He said, “The one who ...
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