…. they were unschooled, ordinary men …. they had been with Jesus …. the crippled man healed standing with them – Acts 4:13,14

Understanding Christianity in America

Step into any english Christian bookstore, and we’ll find that the vast majority of books and media are from America.  Similarly on the Internet & digital channels …. email newsletters, portals, social media, streaming video/audio, etc, …. substantial  content is from America.  Through media, new trends, buzzwords, next ‘big’ thing, bestsellers spread, capturing the mindshare of believers.

Undoubtedly, there have been huge contributions by American Christians … missions, discipleship programs, bible translations, christian education, mercy missions, Bible schools, etc.

However, there are, … at times, … some streams of  American thought, terminology, ethos, are not easy to understand, … particularly if one has not grown up in a western country.

Media and social media are potent influences … a kind of “soft power”.  Through the Internet, viral information spreads within seconds.   Media like money is amoral, … a tool, …  its takes on the values and ethos of the person using it.

Hence, its helpful to separate and discern information as views from American eyes or Biblical heart.

Perhaps the following 2 videos may be helpful in  shedding some light … by providing  the underlying background, historical context, and political landscape, that has shaped some streams of Christian thought in America; … particularly, on some of the socio-political, geo-political and values issues of the day.

PBS Frontline God in America – 6 “Of God and Caesar

PBS Frontline – God in America – 5 “The Soul of a Nation

These 2 videos are the final parts of a six-part series entitled “God in America”, produced by PBS in late 2010.  This whole documentary series takes the viewer from the founding fathers of America to recent happenings in the country, and the evolution of Christianity in America.

Pls kindly watch them on the PBS website.  Click here.

Richard Halverson, former US Senate Chaplain:

In the beginning the Church was a fellowship of men and women who centred their lives on the living Christ. They had a personal and vital relationship to the Lord. It transformed them and the world around them.
Then the Church moved to Greece, and it became a philosophy.
Later it moved to Rome, and it became an institution.
Next it moved to Europe and it became a culture.
Finally it moved to America, and it became an enterprise.
We’ve got far too many churches and so few fellowships.”

As America continues to evolve (as can be seen in Part 6),
the demographics of America is changing and shifting.
The following video is an interesting sharing on this shift in history.

The Next Evangelicalism – Soong-Chan Rah

Soong-Chan Rah is the Milton B. Engebretson Professor of Church Growth and Evangelism at North Park Theological Seminary

Further Reading:

Review of God in America from Washington Post.
Behind the scenes of the series God in America from New York Times


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by 林弟兄, bro Lim
March 2, 2015

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