IS God still relevant in a secular age? What does “secular” really mean? What does “relevant” mean? Such were the challenges put to us in our family/outreach service last Sunday by Maurice Green of Barnet Ecclesia.

We thought about reasons why so many people today reject God and feel disillusioned about religion. UK society has remarkable freedom. But, in the absence of a belief in God, many fail to show responsibility in their use of that freedom. Core values are increasingly lost; everyone does their own thing; values are ever more self-centred; materialism and hedonism abound. It all sounds so much like the days of Noah before the flood.

Very few people in modern society seem to feel the need to take on the responsibilities that go with the great freedoms they enjoy.

That is despite a current of spirituality lurking beneath the surface – a latent interest in the spiritual, a desire for something greater. But it is confounded by an inability to fathom just what it is all about, as described so clearly in Ecclesiastes.

People often point to the hurdles that deter them. Dogma, science, the misbehaviour of believers, the plethora of religions and religion expression – all hindering understanding, keeping them from God’s straight paths. So, faith is cast aside. A tragedy.

Bible teachings could mend our sick society. Jesus described how that could happen in his Sermon on the Mount. “Love your neighbour and love your enemy”. How relevant could that be to modern society! John 1 goes further – Christ shows God’s character to man, and in John 15 Jesus instructs us to abide in him and show him to the people.

The core values of the Gospel mean God IS still relevant. Those values still apply. They still offer benefits. And we hold the key to them!

Even if many in society consider God irrelevant, we, and they, are relevant to God. If we seek a relationship with God, and follow His ways, we can promote His values to those around us through our daily lives.

Maybe we can then make God more relevant to society. We clearly have great work to do!