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Some feel this is too impractical, academic, slow and indirect.
Some feel an urgency to get the second generation back into our churches, to create an Asian American Christian culture beyond superficialities, to move beyond identity issues, to smash idols of status, authority and money, to help those depressed. We feel this too.
Some say, “been there and done that,” while some others wonder what’s the point?
Some feel the Asian American Christian conversation lacks relevance, are bewildered by the outdated materials that are available, are tired of hearing the same voices saying the same things over and over. We commiserate also.
We feel that asking “What is God doing?” is the most practical and direct way to get at the nitty-gritty of our issues, join in God’s pre-existing and undergirding work, and grow our conversation and ourselves in the process.
In order to:
- To include more people and their diverse experiences into the Asian American Christian conversation
- To deepen the conversation, to get more constructively at core issues
- To make an easier way for all Asian American Christians to get on board, and
to potentially get all of us on a similar page
We need to take a step back and ask:
- Where are we really coming from?
Who is missing? (non-East Asians, first generation, E Asians who do not feel marginalized nor do they fit into current assumptions)
- What is not said?
What steps are we skipping?
What does God have to say? (Or what do we think God would say?)
Where is the other side coming from?
- What does it mean to have Christ first and in common between us?
We need to restate, emphasize and examine the obvious that Christ is the one who unites us and binds us together. We need to own the reality that we re not yet one in many of our families, our churches, our communities, let alone as “Asian Americans” or “Asian American Christians.”
Asking “What is God doing in us?” allows us to
- Step back and make room for new relationships. It creates a new starting place to understand where we and others are coming from.
- Learn again from current and past ministries and resources.
- Create a framework to understand our overwhelming diversity. In coming years, generations will be able to find something organized, the context and issues that we’ve wrestled with. New Asian American Christian ministries will not need to re-pioneer from scratch ever again.
Knowing what God is doing in us allows us to
- Participate and join God in what he is already doing.
- Take part in pre-existing ministries, benefit from and support their work.
- Build upon lessons from the past from people with contexts closer to our own, and sharpen who we are in Christ
- Know more of God in a deeply personal way and thus strengthening our discipleship and witness, benefiting our workplaces, communities, churches and families.
While our content has already touched upon the meatier issues—we’ll dive in deeper in due time.
What’s important to us is to take a step back and:
- Allow for new voices to enter in, and being fair as humanly possible to those voices
- Foster and prioritize our relationships given our current resource.
- Make a way for substantial conversation.
- Welcome Christ and his work.
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