By Colum Cille
The Institute for the Theology of Culture:
New Wine, New Wineskins
In a few weeks I will be flying overseas and beginning a new season of life. This new season will bring with it many challenges: learning a new language, performing a job that I’m not exactly ready for, and the predictably unpredictable minefield that is adapting to a new culture. New surrounding religion, new social mores, new foods, new holidays, new customs – even giving “the finger,” if I was so inclined, would require different fingers than which I am accustomed.
In addition, the country is predominantly Muslim (in order to protect my identity I will be referring to the country as Dunya in this blog, the Turkish-Persian-Arabic word for “world”). As someone who follows Christ, it has felt awkward telling others this part. “Muslims don’t like Americans,” or so I’ve been told by countless, well-meaning people (enough times that I have to wonder whether that’s Americanese for “Americans don’t like Muslims”). Or, from the more churchly, “God bless you, they really need Jesus.” And we don’t?Read the full article and discuss it »