Friday, January 22, 2010

Mr. Bush's Crusade

"Since the US invasion of Iraq, Western-style Protestant evangelical Christianity has begun to appear in that country," reports Orthodox Deacon Steve Hayes — Evangelism, or cultural imperialism. "It is not, however," he notes, "converting Muslims to the Christian faith, but proselytising among other Christians."

He cites a report that "[a] newly energized Christian evangelical activism here, supported by Western and other foreign evangelicals, is now challenging the dominance of Iraq's long-established Christian denominations [sic] and drawing complaints from Muslim and Christian religious leaders about a threat to the status quo." I side with the wise "Muslim and Christian religious leaders."

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Blogger Enbrethiliel said...


Humph! This is just like Evangelical missionaries going to the Philippines or South America. It's not so much about bringing the Gospel to those who haven't heard it before as it is about bringing their own brand of the Gospel to those Christians they believe have it wrong.

11:28 PM  
Blogger Mark in Spokane said...

Amen to that Enbrethiliel! There are long-established, theologically rich and culturally integrated Christian communities in the Middle East, Latin America and Asia which should not be the subject of "sheep stealing" by Evangelicals. I am all in favor of Christians of whatever stripe evangelizing non-Christians. But there is something opportunistic and culturally imperialistic about Evangelical efforts to convert Christians who belong to historic Churches (Catholics and Orthodox) to their brand of Christianity.

8:08 AM  
Blogger The Western Confucian said...

I'm reminded of my Tennesseean friend's mother who went on a missionary trip to Malta, one of the most solidly Catholic societies on the planet.

Of course, to the fundygelicals, the Catholic Church is not Christian (and Orthodoxy is not even on the radar), even if they now say that "there are some Christians within the Catholic Church."

3:32 PM  
Blogger xavier said...

I'm so bemused at the utterly charming blinkered navitete of the Evangelicals. They don't seem to clue in to the fact that some of the Christian families heard the Apostles themselves preach the Good news and were most likely baptized from then.

On a more serious note, the Christian communities there face an unsurmontable pressure by the jihadists to convert or diue and here come the Evangelical.... With friends like these.

Finally, I'd like to see the Evangelicals show a bit more guts and preach to the Moslems. See how successful they are in planting the mustard seeds of the faith

11:37 AM  
Blogger The Western Confucian said...

Xavier, it's a pleasure to hear from you, my longest ongoing commenter. We agree on this one.

7:37 PM  

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