I posed this question a while back but I am not resurrecting the thread. My original question stemmed for a bunch of conjectures and assumptions. But after reading a bunch of writings, I think I know a more specific answer to this. I’ve read quite a few Orthodox writers mention that we are now living in a Post-Christian society. I think this admission is lacking among many Catholics today. Many still act like and believe we are living at a time where our leaders are Christians, our laws are Christian, society is Christian. But not anymore. I heard one too many times that someone will quip, “back in the 50s…”. Well, news flash, it is not the 50s. It is 2012. Abortion is legal in many places, divorce is normative, and gay marriage is steadily becoming legal in many nations around the world. We can’t expect the government and society to conform to our moral standards anymore.
What has this got to do with Orthodoxy? I think just the fact that the Orthodox nations have experienced secularization longer than most RC nations. As noted above, some refer to times not too long ago. But Constantinople fell to the Muslims a long, long time ago. Communism gripped Russia and much of Eastern Europe starting about a century ago. 25 years ago gay marriage was something thought to be impossible in the Western World. Sex wasn’t the main theme of TV shows, especially primetime shows. It wasn’t too long ago that even though the erosion of society’s morals have begun, we lived in a place that was distinctively Christian.
I guess I am writing this to say that we should respond to this reality and stop pretending that we live in a Christian society. We do not. Most people aren’t Christians, and a number of them are even violently opposed to Christianity. Our civil laws are changing to conform to a very secular society.
Much of what Roman Catholicism is today formed during a time when Rome had not only religious influence through most of Western Europe, but also political influence. The problem now is that we do not have either of those. A growing majority is against Christianity of any form, and our leaders would rather serve them than the Christians. We need to realize what the Orthodox has realized a long time ago, that our faith is no longer the faith of our lands. Whether it is the Muslims taking control of Constantinople, Communism taking over Russia, or secularism taking over the Western world, we need to accept the fact that we are in a post-Christian society and live like it.