Posts Tagged ‘christianity’

One of the things that we are trying to navigate as a community is how to effectively represent the different styles and ways that we express spirituality since we come from so many different cultures. It has not been easy as there are so many to choose from across the spectrum of the different races and ethnicities. Some are from a more pentecostal background. Others are from a more high church background. While still others are rooted in an evangelical heritage. Last night we had a prayer meeting and it was an experience of God weaving the unique spiritualities of our different cultures together into something more beautiful than they would be alone.

In that small space of time we got a glimpse of Revelation 5:9,10 as we prayed Korean style with everyone crying out to God in unison for the needs of our church. One of our leaders who is 1st generation Korean bowed down on the floor and prayed in korean. Several of our leaders exemplified a familiarity with God and the plain language that characterizes many protestant evangelical churches today. Finally I close out and shouted prayers to the top of my lungs pentecostal style while people exclaimed “Amen!” and “Yes Lord!” It truly was an amazing experience and I was grateful to be a part of it. God is doing something awesome among us and I know that he was pleased.

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I am thinking about reading Greg Boyd’s book The Myth of a Christian Nation and I want to ask the question to those of you out there in the blogosphere (wow first time I ever used that word in a post or anywhere). Is America a Christian Nation? From my perspective as one of the oppressed and a victim of the slave triangle’s legacy I cannot answer that in the affirmative. Plus my knowledge of the “founding fathers” (definitely no kin to me) says that they were deists who did not believe in Christ, miracles, or any such Christian things. Many of those in politics and on Christian radio attempt to use the idea that we are a “Christian nation” as leverage for certain legislation and base their decisions and campaigns on turning the nation back to God. So are we turning the nation back to God or has it been godless all along (as can be seen by stealing land from indigenous peoples, enslaving african peoples, Jim Crow, inadequate housing, discrimination, consumerism, unjust wars etc. etc.)? Is there still enough evidence that this nation is Christian or at least founded on Christian principles? Also relating to that Is that enough evidence to say that the government should be making decisions and passing legislation that is decidedly Christian? Holla back