Thursday, June 26, 2014

A Discussion {global faith}

Today's post is going to be a bit different. I was out of town yesterday for business followed by an interesting meeting for my trip next month. Which got me thinking...

We are learning about culture - here and there. We are seeking to understand what makes them -- and us -- tick. How are we alike? How are we different? What does that mean when we interact? How does that look like lived out through faith?

One attribute that is reoccurring in our discussions (and my life) is this idea of community. A group based society where we depend on one another. We don't seek to dominate the other, individual success is not priority. In our western culture, it can be brutal. But is it biblical?

So today, I am asking YOU for some responses on our culture. In an effort to prepare my heart for a completely different people group, I need to understand ours. I would love for you to join this conversation in the comments & my hope is that before I leave, I will revisit these Q&A's in another post!





In America we strive for individual success. How does that help/hurt our community?

Can it be changed? Should it be changed?

What does that mentality look like biblically?

How do we transition from a "cliquey" society to one that fosters community?

How do we relate to people that aren't like us?

What makes us feel so superior to others? How do we change that?

 Does an American Christian look different than a Christian on another part of the world?

What are characteristics of faith lived out?

What's your story?


Maybe these questions don't mean anything to you....but I honestly believe there's something to them. Faith around the world is so different....but the Gospel isnt.
 This world has hundreds of different religions, thousands of different believers, millions of different ideas. Everyone believes in something...even if they don't know what it is.

Thanks so much for joining me today & I can't wait to hear from you!


Frankly my dear...Let's Discuss!

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2 comments :

  1. So excited for you and your adventure to China--it will truly be a life changing trip. The summer I traveled to Kenya seriously changed my life forever--and absolutely transformed my relationship with The Lord. Love this conversation, so I thought I'd chime in with a few answers :)

    n America we strive for individual success. How does that help/hurt our community?--It hurts our community because it prevents us from being honest with one another. We make ourselves think that we have to always look like we have it all together--which sometimes creates a shallow community.

    Can it be changed? Should it be changed? I think it can definitely be changed through praying for transparency & sensitivity to the spirit.

    How do we transition from a "cliquey" society to one that fosters community? I would love to know how to make this happen. I honestly think it's something we have to pray for and even ask for God to work in us to break down these barriers that are built up and focus on building the kingdom.

    How do we relate to people that aren't like us? We stop thinking that we are so different.

    What makes us feel so superior to others? How do we change that? We change it by not going into situations thinking we are there to save others--sometimes they are there to save us. Make us better, challenge us to go deeper and wider in our faith. A lot of times as Americans we think its our duty to save the entire world. That is not always the case. The best piece of advice I got before the summer I went to Africa was to not think it was all about us going over there to tell them about Jesus..of course that happened but they truly taught me so much about living out the Gospel and His great love for us.

    Love this post and your challenge to go deep!

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  2. I think that the movement away from simple Sunday School classes at church to more groups that are based on living life together, plus studying the Word in small communities is a great change. I have never been on a foreign mission trip, but I know that just my community in college was so strong because we all studied the Bible together, ministered to our classmates, and had so many opportunities to live life together. That was the hardest transition for me, when I left college and moved to a huge city!

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