The Church leader of yore, Theodore Beza, once said, "Remember that the Church is an anvil that has worn out many a hammer."
We can easily be discouraged and silenced by the apparent death of the Church in Canadian and western culture. Don't sing the dirge quite yet. Right now the Church is being hammered by ideologies of materialism and humanism that boast of the end of Christianity. Don't name the pallbearers quite yet. If God is in it...and 2000 years plus proves he is...then what is happening right now is simply another polished hammer that will soon wear out. Without a doubt much of what the Church has come to see itself as in the west will be smashed by these current blows (this will actually be grace in disguise), but what is truly of the Rock will remain. The anvil will always outlast the hammer.
And this begs the question: Are you part of the anvil or hammer?