Rev. Gil Rendle makes this observation about the state of the mainline church today.

Too often the church has protectively withdrawn into its own language, insisting that faith can be approached only by using the certain words and practices of the interior language, not wanting to hear the threats and the opportunities that come from outside the walls. … the heavy walls of tradition, learned behavior, and assumed cultural dominance that have held the church captive.  

This is not a moment to examine the postures of Christ for or against culture. For the church to stand against North American culture using only an interior language that is understood only by itself is to be dismissed as irrelevant by a people who search for meaning and a connection with God wherever they can be found. Conversely, to stand only with the culture is to be captured by values and practices not necessarily of the faith. Indeed the challenge now is not either/ or but both/ and.