The On Jewish Expectations And Subsequent Disappointment

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At approximately 520 B.C., the prophet Haggai urged an apathetic Jewish population to continue rebuilding the Temple in Jerusalem. The project petered out after the builders completed the Altar of Holocausts and layed the foundations. The impoverished Jews, who had slowly been returning to the former Kingdom of Judah from exile in Babylon, also encountered resistance from ancient enemies such as the Samaritans, who considered themselves worshipers of Yahweh.; however, the Israelites did not allow them to help in the rebuilding. Hostilities ensued. Hagai 's focus was on Jewish expectations and subsequent disappointment. Why is there no success or prosperity? A terse accusation followed: "Because of my house, which remains a ruin, while each of you is busy with his own house."
In recent years, journalists who write about Christianity invariably analyze the slow death of the local Church as if only depopulation has occurred since the 1950s. Pundits blame demographic shifts, popular culture, entertainment and sport, unfaithful parents, and disinterested children. Graying and dwindling congregations typically respond with moderate and insincere programs of Church growth. Analysts rarely focus on liturgical or ministerial reform. Paralleling the returning Babylonian exiles of over 2500 years ago, Christians busy themselves with their “own house” while parishes lay in ruin. Can Christians carry the expectations of the 1950s into the 21st Century without
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