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“If then, I do not grasp the meaning of what someone is saying, I am a foreigner to the speaker, and he is a foreigner to me. So it is with you. Since you are eager to have spiritual gifts, try to excel in gifts that build up the church.” 1 Cor 14:11-12 (NIV)
We’re coming from many, many places.
Recently, there was a call for a framework by African American pastor Thabiti Anyabwile in The Gospel Coalition to bring together Evangelicals to couple both Gospel and justice for the sake of the marginalized. While our focus is primarily on Asian American Christian Evangelicals, our long term goals and hopes are very much aligned and certainly encompass Anyabwile’s call, and more.
This is our proposal for such frameworks—emerging out of call given in 2011, put into action in 2012, put forth publicly January 2013. We need a new way that works with where Asian American Christians are at and with who Asian American Christians already are. We need a new way that can include all Asian American Christian Evangelicals so we can work together towards Christ’s Kingdom. Often (and recently), there are complaints that Asian American Christians are silent on far too many issues. In reality, this is because there are not that many platforms for us (challenge 5), and some do not feel the need for us to have distinct voices (challenge 2). These frameworks would give us room and allow us to be, know ourselves and others. These frameworks would further our growth in Christ as the newest group of Evangelicals in America.
Towards this end, we’ve been discerning how to best speak to all Asian American Christians, as we’ve gathered content to illustrate what we hope to do. This year, we’ll begin to put the pieces together to show the direction we’d like to go.
AsianAmericanChristian.org hopes to ask primarily what God is doing in us, to hear and gather all Asian American Evangelical voices and build inroads necessary for understanding, reconciliation and fellowship. We hope to do this by addressing in an ongoing way how we’re coming from many, many places. We want to contextualize our various reference points, gather first person accounts, seek out a spectrum of voices to help us address what encombers us and share what God is doing in us. Our hope is not to put people in boxes, nor is it to undermine individuality, but to give nuance to our various contexts, to show and clarify our complexity while keeping Christ center.
This year, we want to give a taste of our diversity. This fall, we’ll present some frames of reference that we want to consider, to begin to think through our diversity.
After the New Year, we’ll begin to bring together various existing Asian American ministries.
By no means is our content this year meant to be complete—nor will it ever be. For now, our content is meant to give a taste of AsianAmericanChristian.org’s future direction. We are still a proposal of a ministry: we are not yet funded, we have not yet formally recruited partners, directors, and staff. However, our hope is that this content will put us more in a position to move forward as a ministry that serves (and never represents) all other Asian American ministries.
If this is God’s timing for us, we hope that in due course, our layered approach will highlight and deepen all our ministries as it will also eventually will allow people as diverse as undocumented Chinese Christians and Asian American New Calvinists and Indian American first generation Christians to dialogue and come together in Christ. If it this is not God’s timing for us, then we hope and pray that we have faithfully sown seeds for thought and life later. Our vision and ultimate prayer is to do our part to fulfill what Jesus prayed in John 17:23b,
May they be brought to complete unity to let the world that you sent me and have loved them as you have loved me.
God have mercy. Christ have mercy.
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