The Church in Africa

Required reading for understanding Christianity’s move to the global south: “As an atheist, I truly believe Africa needs God.”  This guy is paying attention.

Money quote:

The Christians were always different. Far from having cowed or confined its converts, their faith appeared to have liberated and relaxed them. There was a liveliness, a curiosity, an engagement with the world – a directness in their dealings with others – that seemed to be missing in traditional African life. They stood tall.

What’s fascinating to me about Christianity in Africa is how Africans, instead of rejecting the white man’s religion, have separated Christianity from the culture which imported it and have made the religion truly their own.  Instead of being a tool of the oppressor, Christians in the global south—in Africa, Asia, and Latin America—are finding freedom and hope in the power of the Christian story.  In Africa, Christianity has provided a family structure which transcends tribalism as well as fostered a sense of purpose and belonging in the individual convert.

In the West, the Church is losing members.  But in these places the Church is sprouting up everywhere.  Currently, Christians in Africa outnumber those in the U.S. and Europe combined.  The same is true of Asia.

This is exciting stuff.

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