MC500 11/16

Monday we discussed the global movement of Catholicism.  I was saddened by how often missionaries went to a new place and engaged the people in culturally appropriate ways and the gospel was accepted, but then the “church” would have to get their hands in it and westernize an indigenous expression of faith.  This inevitably resulted in the church being rejected by the culture and government and persecution would follow, particularly in Asia.  I wonder how different the world would be if the western church would have allowed the indigenous interpretations of church to continue and Christianity had not been pushed out of so many nations?

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