Because these are promoted by my former church, I am suspicious of Perspectives classes. I have no firsthand knowledge of these classes. A friend of mine is taking them, and has mentioned a point or two made in them. She has said it’s opened her eyes to the way Christians have reached cultures. Usually, they have gone in and asked the culture to change rather than being like Paul and changing to fit the culture. I guess I’d have to wonder if this is actually what Paul did. She talked of how Christians go in and might expect people to dress a certain way or worship in a certain way that is not part of their culture. Maybe it’s just a cultural thing rather than a Christian thing. I personally think there is a point to this in that American or European Chrisitans can go in and become missionaries without actually serving the people they are in mission with. I really would have to wonder what exactly is the best thing for missionaries to do. It’s good to get to know people, share the faith and talk with them. Translation of the Bible is very important also. Still, I’m careful of comments suggesting Christians are bad in this way or that way. Yes, we have sinned, we have done things the wrong way at times. However, ancestor bashing is beginning to frustrate me and is often a sign of the agenda to deny our heritage outright. Rethink, revise, rewrite, cut down the past…etc.
Another point my friend brought up is that many groups that have torn apart the moral laws in America have a plan (like on the abortion issue or marriage). They had a plan 15 years ago, and now their implemented plan is taking shape. Christians should have a plan and a vision, according to what she’s being taught in Perspectives. I’m not sure where they get this in the Bible. Should we be doing something just because the enemy does? I mean, really, shouldn’t our 15 year plan be to study the scriptures, Love the Lord with all our hearts, souls, and minds and love our neighbor as ourselves, and go and make disciples? That sounds like plenty to me.