Vestiges of Christendom lingering on...

In these early years of the 21st century, we are increasingly conscious that society - at least in the UK - has in many ways moved beyond the Christendom era. However, some vestiges of Christendom still linger on: both in society and in the Church.

Two articles published more than a decade ago in 1993 in Anabaptism Today, examined evidence of vestiges of Christendom. It is interesting to see how the vestiges identified then continue to persist even now.

The first article, "Clearing Away the Vestiges", considered vestiges of Christendom in the Church, and can be found at: http://www.anabaptistnetwork.com/book/view/182
The article considers vestiges such as: the names that churches adopt; the 'parish' system; and limits to evangelism. And the vestiges are not limited to state churches: as the article says, "Many free churches are, in a sense, accidentally non-established."

The second article, "Vestiges in Society", focused on ways in which Christendom lingers on outside the church, and is found at: http://www.anabaptistnetwork.com/book/view/181
It considers such practices as: inscriptions on our coins; the national anthem; use of the oath; and having national holidays at Christmas and Easter. Potentially disturbing stuff?

This second article concludes: "Rather than seeking to maintain the privileges afforded to Christianity in society, the church should promote the free status of all religions and non-religions. We could do so because we are confident that the message of Jesus will flourish: not by legal might, nor by the power of the state, but through the activity of the Holy Spirit of God."

Do these vestiges matter? How long will they linger? And what does God make of them? Anwsers on a postcard, or rather, can be posted, on this web site....