In light of several things I’ve been seeing on Twitter I am in wondering: Are we, as Western Christians, so persuaded that our experience of God and His Word is the ONLY accurate way that we can truly say with confidence that others in having been raised in different cultures (ethnicity, economic, family structure and so on) MUST agree with us?
Thanks to Anthony Bradley, a professor at The Kings College in NYC I have been challenged to think about how my being raised in a white, suburban context has impacted how I read the Bible, how I pray, how I worship, and how I apply Scripture. Having done limited reading in issues surrounding the Muslim faith – particularly in light of Middle Eastern history in general, and having been challenged by some IMB folks serving Central Asian people groups – I am curious. Some of the folks involved in discussions I’ve been following on Twitter and Facebook sound VERY dogmatic about their standards being the ONLY standard by which to measure or evaluate another’s experience of Christianity.
I don’t want to stir up a hornets nest, nor do I long to be called a heretic. However, I am intrigued and challenged by the discussions to evaluate my own understanding of living Christianly in a post Christian world.