"Blind Spot." This seems to be a follow up from his Christianity Today article "Teeming Diversity" which provides a kind of post-Cape Town 2010 review. I appreciate what Tim is trying to do in both offerings, but I have been very concerned generally by the kind of criticisms and complaints that have been coming out of the congress.
To be clear, I'm not trying to respond to or argue with Tim here as much as I'm seeking to respond more generally to the spirit of criticism voiced by some who have tried to suggest that the program of Cape Town 2010 was essentially a Western production that non-Westerners were invited to participate in. I've heard some suggest that while African, Asian, and Latin American faces were on the stage, Americans where calling the shots, writing the script. I'm disturbed by this kind of talk because my feeling is that in the midst of it, we're missing something huge -- Jesus.
I've already written on this before in my article "Top 3 Complaints about Cape Town 2010". So, I refer you there. But today, I feel compelled to post this article because I found an important comment by none other than Doug Birdsall tucked away in the comment section of Stafford's CT article. Doug, of course, is the chairman of the Lausanne Movement. I believe his response is compelling and important. Writes Doug:
Perhaps more on this later. For now I leave it at this. May the Lord grant us to worry less about such controversies and more about Christ and His Kingdom.