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Israel’s prophets spoke first to Israel and to a large extent the message to the nations arose from that: God was about to judge and restore his people; this would have consequences for the nations.

But now, for the church in the secular west at least, it is not the nations primarily that are likely to be the target of a prophetic message (Canada, Britain, Sweden, etc.), but a global secular culture. That seems to me to be part of what it means to be post-Christendom. It’s not imperialism or nationalism that threatens is hostile to the creator God and his people but rational secularism.

Personally, I think we ought to be able to articulate a historically contextualised prophetic message for the church that can be seen to have profound consequences for our cultural matrix.

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