Mystic Mondays – One Body

In the West it has become popular to associate Christianity with colonialization or other horrors of the Enlightenment period. It’s often viewed as a “Western Religion” or a “white-man’s religion.” While there is some accuracy to those critiques when it comes to specific churches, those critiques go out the window when looking at the broader Church.

One of the unique things about Christianity is that I can sit down next to a Christian from India, or Peru, or Russia, and have more in common with that person than a relative who is not a believer. I may not speak the same language as the other Christian, I certainly don’t come from the same culture, but he and I are unified on a level deeper than any culture could potentially provide.

Ultimately, Christianity is cross-cultural when appreciated in its true form. When we attempt to make Christianity cultural – which have had a tendency to do in the West – and adopt cultural mores into the Christian ethos, then we begin to make Christianity exclusive. For instance, the liberal Christians who have limited the miracles of God or the works of the Bible have necessarily excluded Christians from around the world who have avoided an Enlightenment influence. Likewise, the conservative Christians who equate Christianity to Americanism, or place patriotism ahead of their faith, have necessarily excluded all Christians who are not American. That is not the call of the Body.

One of the mysteries of the Church is that we are all united even without knowing each other, and must subsequently think globally about our brethren in other nations. We must think about the global persecution of Christians or the poverty they must endure. While this stands true of all humans and our concern for them should also be great, it is even more true for those who are Christians, who are of our own family.

Christianity is universal and unifying. In its truest form it reaches across cultures, languages, and national borders to create a bond among the nations that nothing can surpass.