There has been some discussion on my Incurably Religious post. It happened that after the first comment or so I was driving to take a funeral 50km away and I had in the car with me a Local Preacher and a Circuit Steward from my congregations in the Grahamstown township (black South Africans). I thought I would test the water a little and see what they thought about what we had been posting. I explained to them that Rev Kumalo had expressed wonder at the fact that the Rwandan genocide had occurred at a time when Rwanda was supposedly 90% Christian. I told them that South Africa was supposedly 79% Christian and yet we and such a crime problem. I think the local preacher raised the issue of crime, which is what made me think of the discussion.
The LP came back very promptly with the answer : People need to be converted. They just say that they are Christians but each one of them needs to come to repentance and commit themselves to Jesus.
I remembered then that the Circuit Steward had also been at synod, and she said that Rev Kumalo had said very good things and that we need to see change in the church. I can see that her mind is waking up to these issues and that she is starting to take her faith journey very much more seriously.
I can understand these responses. I preach a personal commitment to Jesus. Am I doing wrong from an African perspective? I believe that I am being faithful to what I perceive to be my call. Is there another way?