The only viable path forward for the church in America begins with decolonizing the gospel. This is work we must do. But it is also work that is beyond what we can do.
We must progress beyond the narrative of Euro-American imperialism, conquest and assimilation via Christian missions — and move forward as prophetic advocates seeking guidance from our very present Creator made known among us in Jesus, who is the Christ. — Richard Twiss, Rescuing the Gospel from the Cowboys, p.46
As we listen, the Spirit guides us:
- in building unity by enabling us to trust both the Spirit and each other
- in expanding freedom by growing hope in us for each other
- in creating real equality by filling us with love for each other across all human divisions.
Colonization is marked by mistrust, hopelessness, and lovelessness. It always divides, enslaves, and tyrannizes. These are anathema to the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the continuing mission of his Holy Spirit. Only a most superficial, perverse version of the Christian faith can continue in such a milieu without becoming a community of prophetic advocates such as Twiss called for. That is what we must become. That is work only the Spirit can do through us. And that is work the Spirit will only do through us.