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Contextualization Series: Obedience v. Pragmatism

المؤلف: Cody C. Lorance
التاريخ: 08.06.2010
Category: الجماعات البشرية التي لم تصلها الرسالة, الشتات, معتقدات العالم

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". . . There is no shortage of anecdotal evidence provided by Christian opponents of contextualization who may point to story after story of Hindus who decided to follow Christ  even though the gospel was presented in what might be described as very “non-contextual” ways.  I myself have heard such stories – including first-hand testimonies – dozens of times.  And I have often been tempted to respond by seeking to provide counter-testimonies that seem to demonstrate the superior power of contextual methods to create converts.  However, the underlying assumption of this kind of contest – that God prefers those mission methods, whatever they may be, that produce the most results— is false. . . "

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Thank you for this post.  Obedience is always preferred, but I have found that many people use the guise of "obedience" as a way of skirting around an ideology of contexualization.  It scares some Christians because when we contextualize the gospel we have to think so far outside of the box that people fear the gospel is being compromised (and if that is the case, it should scare people).  Although, it has been my experience in the southern United States that when attempts of contexualization are brought to the center of discussion, it brings fear and uncertainity of it’s own validity.  I look forward to reading the rest of the posts, that will continue to shed light on this topic and hopeful for a discussion of ideas and techniques that may help bring the gospel to Diasporic Hindus in the cities around the world, including the US.


14.04.2011
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@ friar58:

Thanks for your comments.  I didn’t understand one sentence:


"Although, it has been my experience in the southern United States that when attempts of contexualization are brought to the center of discussion, it brings fear and uncertainity of it’s own validity."


Please clarify when you have time.  


Blessings!


19.04.2011
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@ Cody_Lorance:

@Cody Lorance


Sorry about the confusion, "validity" was exact opposite of what I intended.  The idea that I intended to portrait was when attempts at contexualization within the church (mainly referring to my experience in the southern US), people freeze up.  In a class the other day we were asked if it would be OK for a church that was reaching out to Muslims in the US to use Allah when referring to God.  Without giving any thought to the issues, 95% of the class immediately responded with a "no".  I suppose what I was hoping for is, how do you overcome those fears within a group of people that blinded by the necessity of contextualizing the gospel to reach non-christians?



19.04.2011
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@ friar58:

Careful and patient education.  In our context, the steps I took were to first lay down a general theological foundation for contextualization.  The purpose of this was to make it plain that Biblically speaking, we must contextualize.  Then I began to address specific issues that were raised.  By illuminating the theological, social, and cultural issues behind specific forms (such as the use of "Allah"), you equip the Church to make a sound decision.  


Read more on this by searching my posts on contextualization here http://codylorance.blogspot.com/search/label/contextualization .  Be sure to scroll all the way to the bottom of the page and click older posts.  Eventually, you’ll find what I’ve written about contextualization’s theological foundations.


19.04.2011
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@ Cody_Lorance:

I pray for your work, and thank you for taking the time to respond.  I look forward to reading more.


19.04.2011

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