While there have been secular and Christian press; blog opinions; and private conversations in dining rooms, in church fellowship halls, and on Facebook, to our knowledge, there has been no public discussion among Asian American Christians about October’s Open Letter to the Evangelical Church.

Allow us to offer 10 voices—non-representative, certainly far from comprehensive—but these voices are all their own.

We’d love to hear your voice as well—tell us your anonymous thoughts here.
Or make your public comment below.

Events leading up to Open Letter   •   Historical context surrounding Open Letter
How and why these views

All 10 were asked:

What did you think of the Open Letter?

Open Letter Co-organizer
A step in the right direction
Student, Fuller Seminary
It does not speak for me
Church Strategy Consultant
I lent my voice
and offered resources
Epic Movement of Cru Global
Sometimes silence
is louder than words
National Executive Director, Epic Movement
but I could not sign
Hong Kong Baptist Seminary
The church must
address this openly
Church Minister
Both sides lack awareness
Postdoctoral Fellow,
University of Washington
The unraveling of the
private consensus
Overly forceful, yet resonant
Graduate Student,
Harvard University
Brought together more
than just evangelicals


Comments are open until Monday, February 3, midnight CST, and will be moderated.

4 Responses to What did you think of the Open Letter?

  1. Grace H says:

    Please also consider these 3 responses published in November on the AAWOL blog from…

    Melanie Mar Chow, AACF, “Laboring for the Fruit of the Spirit”

    Deborah Gin, Director of AAWOL, Senior Faculty Fellow and Professor, Azusa Pacific
    “Our Own Worst Enemy”

    Vivian Mabuni, Epic, “Leadership & Apologies”

    Introduction to these responses here:

  2. David Lee says:

    Important yes…about 20th down the list of importance for the Asian church. To me, this actually show the lack of prioritization for Asian church. Umm, try making disciples as a higher priority. You will accomplish this goal by doing the 19 before this :/. God bless!!!

  3. Rev. Solomon Li says:

    I did not sign. I knew about this letter. I knew about the events leading up to this letter. I know that Asian Americans are often misjudged, misunderstood, and everything else that is “mis”-sed under the sun. However, I in good conscience could not put my name to this.

    In fact, in many ways I was appalled at the letter. The tone of the letter was that of a blunt instrument. I found no elegance, no sophistication, no care in some of the things it was trying to communicate. In other words, it was law without grace.

    How can we demand of people a right to our voice when most of them do not have a clue as to true nature of the issue? A panel in Christianity Today? Why?

    To be sure, there needs to be dialogue on the issues. Reform needs to be made, not a panel. When Luther posted the 95 Theses on that door in Wittenberg it was not a rough cut into the cloth of the abuses of the church. It was the cry of a man with a scalpel who sought to cut out the particular cancers ailing the church.

    if we are to be harsh, let it be with surgical purpose. If we are to begin the dialogue, let us not demand it but rather stand on the merits of its necessity.

    Let our words speak for themselves. Let our witness be of grace. Let our witness be of understanding. Let it be winsome. But let it be clear and helpful lest change for the truth is not willing to be made. After all, Luther’s goal was not schism, but reform. Only out of conscience and exhausted effort was it a necessity.

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