Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Cultural Identity

To follow up on the last post, how followers of Christ from another religious background is important.  The extraction model proposes that converts walk away from their cultural identity to a new identity.  I understand the Apostle Paul did indeed say that, Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!  (2 Cor. 5:17). However that in an inward transformation, not a doing away with culture.  Paul was always a Jew and he identified as a Jew.

I recently read a rather dated article (2013) about this issue of identity.  Below you will see a survey of Muslim believers from East Africa and how they navigate their faith (click on image to enlarge).

No matter the context we work in, Muslim, Buddhist, Hindu or Catholic environments, this survey helps us think about how we can help new believers find their identity in Christ without losing their cultural identity.