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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Korean American Pastor, African American Neighborhood, Body of Christ


A nice article in the Post on Saturday about the pastor of Peace Fellowship Church in NE. The pastor, Peter Chin, is a second generation American who grew up in Chicago. The article speaks about the differences in Pastor Chin's role in the tight-knit local community and church community, as well as of his experience of America in general and African Americans in particular as compared with his parents' generation. In doing so, it has become part of a very small but growing public discussion of relations between Koreans and African Americans within the church.

Chin posts some excellent follow-up thoughts on his blog here. One highlight:

I appear to have become an unwitting and flabbergasted pioneer in the discussion of race in the Christian community, particularly the dynamic between Koreans and African-Americans.  The conspicuous silence on the subject allows any yahoo to speak his mind and get noticed.  And that does nothing but sadden me. ... My voice should be one of thousands, instead of one of a few.
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[H]onestly, next time I ask the Post to do a feature on the subject, I hope that they scoff and turn me down because there are just too many people who are doing too much good work on the topic to include my silly opinion.

While Rev. Chin's opinions are very far from silly, let's hope he gets his wish in terms of the many voices. Praise God that we are one in Christ Jesus.

"So he came and proclaimed peace to you who were far off, and peace to those who were near; for through him both of us have access in one Spirit to the Father. So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are citizens with the saints and also members of the household of God, built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the cornerstone."
- Ephesians 2.17-20

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