- Cody on Instagram
- Cody on Twitter
- Cody on Pinterest
- Cody on Facebook
- Cody's Speaking/Travel
- Trinity International
- Hindus & Yeshu Bhaktas (येशु भक्त)
- Diaspora Missiology
- Partnership Opportunities
- Lausanne Global Conversation
- Global Diaspora Network
- Endiro Coffee
- Goh Bright Future
- Move In
Wednesday, April 4, 2012
Cultural uplift as an aim of mission was still relatively undeveloped . . . . Western Christians believed that their culture was superior to those of non-Western nations, but they did not isolate cultural uplift as a goal of mission. It was simply assumed that the people would live a better life once God's rule was established over their respective societies. In John Eliot's words, it was "absolutely necessary to carry on civility with religion".
In the generations that followed however . . .
Some decades later Cotton Mather would formulate it even less unequivocally, "The best thing we can do for our Indians is to Anglicize them". In the subsequent period . . . this view would sometimes be so dominant that it was hard to distinguish between mission and "Westernization."
How about now? What is the difference between the way you engage in mission and the practice of "Westernizing" or "Americanizing" others? Can you imagine the gospel lived out in non-Western forms? Do you think that is still the gospel? Is cultural uplift an legitimate aim of mission?
This Month's Best
("Turn to Clear Vision", by C. Lorance) I'm thinking about what it means to "know Christ". I think we (Wes...
Photo by Asian Development Bank Let's pick up again on our missiological musings of coffee and missions in the 21st century. [ Ca...
The following brief clip has been dubbed "Piper Responds to the Insider Movement". I have noticed it being kicked around the inte...
Photos Courtesy ABC.com So, I have to confess now that I am a rather huge fan of Grey's Anatomy. I have no excuses and some of y...
Now into part four of this series of musings about how magical beans are going to usher in the millennial reign of Christ . . . well, tha...