Friday, November 10, 2006

The Spirit Filled Believer

It is important that we know, at a time when Christians in America are being marginalized, that God is powerfully at work in the world. Lets not take our lukewarm circumstances here and project them upon the Kingdom of God. America does not equal Christendom (and it never did), nor are we any longer at the epicenter of what God is about. The future is Africa, South America and Asia. Exciting times!

This is a quote from The Blind Beggar regarding an international survey that the Pew Forum conducted "among a random sample of the population at large" in 10 different countries (the United States; Brazil, Chile and Guatemala in Latin America; Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa in Africa; and India, the Philippines and South Korea in Asia). From the survey:

In six of the 10 countries (all except the U.S., South Africa, the regions of India surveyed and South Korea), the surveys find that renewalists account for a majority of the overall Protestant population. Indeed, in five nations (Brazil, Chile, Guatemala, Kenya and the Philippines) more than two-thirds of Protestants are either pentecostal or charismatic. In Nigeria, renewalists account for six-in-ten Protestants.

What is it these Christ-followers are experiencing, living, breathing that we in America are missing out on? This is a huge group of Christians that believe in the power of the Holy Spirit *and live it*. They believe in that mysterious third part of the Trinity that most mainstream American churches ignore, and I'm a little suspicious of America's lack of interaction with It. What do you think?

2 thoughts:

magnolia's mama said...

check, check...does this comment section work?

Celi said...

Well, I certainly would comment but you are way above my level sister!