Soong Chan Rah: Is the Church Racist?

Does evangelicalism marginalize black, Native American, Latino, and Asian voices? Well, what do you think? Spencer Burke interviews Soong Chan Rah about his controversial book, The Next Evangelicalism: Freeing the Church from Western Cultural Captivity. Show notes here.

2 Responses to “Soong Chan Rah: Is the Church Racist?”


  1. 1 Ted Seeber March 31, 2010 at 4:09 pm

    YES! It does, without a doubt. Always has.

    A great for instance is on the subject of a Consistent Ethic of Life and War- the Chinook Trading Nation of the Pacific Northwest found a useful substitute for war over 5000 years ago, one that worked quite well, called the potlatch. But due to American Christian Evangelism, and a fear of socialism, in the 1870s this practice was banned, rather than spread to more developed nations as it should have been. The next legal potlatch wouldn’t be celebrated until the 1990s; and in the mean time, much of the meaning of this “replace war with generosity” movement was lost.

    Now having said that, I think the answer is hidden in Katholikos- Universalism. The idea of Christianity as a meta-culture instead of a culture, which can incorporate local traditions worshiping God like the Potlatch into itself as long as the teachings don’t conflict.

  2. 2 thomas April 12, 2010 at 3:15 pm

    no I do not think that the church is racist as a whole but I do beleive that some individual members are. the most prominate example of a racist in the church is Soong chan Rah. This racist bashes white people when he knows full well that his native Korea is the most racist so called Christian country on earth. South Korea does not allow immigration to Korea for people of different races. How many parentless black Hatian children did the Evangelical Korean church in so called wealthy Christian South Korea adopt. Its a nice round number zero. The bible teaches that true religion takes care of the widows and the orphans, Soong racist home country cannot even muster enough love to care for its own orphans so the “evil” white evangelical church must adopt them too even though the real need is to adopt children from poor countries. Soong needs to take the log out of his own racist countries cultures eyes before he judges others.


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