Thursday, October 19, 2006

Tuesday Reflection for Week 4

"We need to love people not like us for the gospel to be real." Ryan said something to that extent on Tuesday and it struck a cord with me. Of course there is a tendency in churches all around to be filled with people like us: talk, act, think, look, dress etc. like us. Being in an Asian church (2nd gen Asian) that is pretty much how it is. And for the longest time I have wondered is this just how it's supposed to be? Or what can we do to change the culture of the church so that it is more inviting to "others" i.e. non-Asians? And one thing that was very helpful to me was when Ryan said that partnerships and other expressions come into play. I had never thought of it that way, but since, for instance, we will never be a white church, why not partner with a white church? Or since most of us will never be poor, why don't we partner with the poor in trying to make their lives better? These are totally viable options for our church to explore. If only I were freed up to do some of this stuff...


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