In many places across Asia the church is a marginalised minority, with restrictions aimed at curtailing its witness. But it can still have an effective voice if it pays attention to its identity, vision and character.
Recovering the forgotten heritage of Asian Christian IDENTITY
It’s difficult to have an effective voice if you’re perceived to be speaking with a foreign accent.
Unfortunately the idea that Christianity is a Western religion is so pervasive that many East Asian Christians seem to believe it, with most unaware of their Asian Christian heritage. The development of a Christian identity that celebrates the gospel’s deep roots in Asia’s rich soil is a discipleship imperative. Across East Asia, minority churches can strengthen their witness by recovering their forgotten heritage. The Princeton historian, Samuel Hugh Moffett, reminds us of Christianity’s Asian roots:
It is too often forgotten that the faith moved east across Asia as early as it moved west into Europe… Asia produced the first known church building, the first New Testament translation, perhaps the first Christian king, the first Christian poets, and even arguably the first Christian state. [A History of Christianity in Asia, Maryknoll: Orbis]