Oh dear. Is it all doom and gloom?
No! There are lots of reasons for hope. We must always remember it’s God who opens spiritually blind eyes. He is for us, and the Holy Spirit is with us, so we can be confident of his guidance in our relationships and conversations with the people around us.
Rico often says that if we know Jesus, we are the most important person on our street, and that is absolutely true and should fill us with hope and optimism.
Churches all over the UK find people are still interested in coming along to explore the Christian faith - Hamilton Road Baptist Church in Northern Ireland saw 15 people regularly coming to their course, and they held a lunch for everyone at the end of the series.
There’s a lot of despair and confusion at the moment in the UK, particularly in the midst of political upheaval (elections, Brexit, fears about climate change).
CS Lewis famously said: "I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else."
The gospel makes sense of everything around us and that is a wonderful truth we can offer in the midst of the instability created by these uncertain times. We can pray that would lead people to find peace and stability in Jesus and that Christians would be holding out this hope to the people they know.
Another opportunity is that we have become much more multicultural. People are coming to the UK from countries where they didn't have access to the gospel and in general are much more open to talking about faith.
In my cricket club, for example, the people who seem most interested in what I believe are those who have non-Christian cultural backgrounds.