Please don’t send China “our gospel”

Posted: March 2nd, 2008 | Author: | Filed under: My Thoughts, Spirituality | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , | No Comments »

I heard an ad on the radio the other day that bothered me, and I can’t get it out of my my mind.  Maybe writing it out will be good therapy for me.  Maybe I’m off base a little on it, but it irritates me none the less.

The ad was more a fund raising promo.   The radio station was raising funds to build a church in China.  Now, at first, this sounded like a great idea to me.   Their culture seems to me to be less financially able to support a large church building project, so why not send a few bucks their way to help them out, right?   I guess I’m not very educated on what the government of China allows as far as open Christian worship, but apparently they don’t have a problem with the church this group is trying to put up.

The radio host threw some numbers out like “10,000 people come to know Christ EVERY DAY in  China, won’t you help provide a place of worship for them?”

Give me a break!  If they are truly having that many converts every day, why mess it up by sending them “our gospel”?   Obviously they are doing something right.  Last I heard, the church in China was underground and under severe persecution.  Sounds a lot like the New Testament church to me.

Why send them “our gospel” of big churches with big budgets?  It doesn’t appear to me to be very affective in our culture.  Something deep inside me screams, “Don’t do it! Don’t ruin what they have by injecting them with what we have. We should be learning from them!”

I’m not blasting people with big, beautiful churches; after all, many of the temples were extravagant places of worship.  Just let’s not be so eager to say we can improve on what they are doing.  Let’s not try to make them like us.  Instead encourage them in their race to be like Jesus, even if they way they get there looks a little different than how we are.

Peace and God bless,

- chris mooney

  • Jeromy

    Very well said…”Let’s not try to make them like us. Instead encourage them in their race to be like Jesus, even if they way they get there looks a little different than how we are.”

    This is part of what I hear people’s fears are even here in the U.S.: That they will have to become some androgynous Christian loosing their personality and uniqueness in the process. What does a Chinese follower of Jesus look like? Hopefully quite a bit different then us.

    I actually spoke to some Native American Christians and they still held to their heritage and quite a bit of their native religious methodology. It was really, really cool and beautiful to witness.

    Thanks for sharing…

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  • Bethany

    Nicely put, baby!
    I am so blessed to be married to a man who has such a heart for our Father!
    Love you!! :o )

  • baddogmooney

    Jeromy – thanks, and interesting bit about the Native Americans.

    Beth – Love ya! and you’re more than a little bias.

  • rjperalta

    I say a hearty Amen!
    Thanks for bringing it to the point.