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  • Re: Let there be no division amoung you
    • wordkeeper (Login wordkeeper)
      Posted Apr 18, 2006 5:11 PM

      Worship is very much culturally related. I remember watching
      a show on the Discovery channel where a missionary was sent
      to a remote polynesian island to share the gospel message.
      At first just a few people accepted the gospel, but when one
      of the members made a clay resemblence of large women breasts
      and placed it in front of the church building the attendence
      had a rapid increase. A lot of westerners would say they were
      drawn because of the erotica of women's breasts but nothing
      was further from the truth. In that society women's breasts
      was not erotic but rather a symbol of God as a nurturing
      parent who cares for man's needs. If such a clay motif was
      to be displayed in America it would have a completely
      different reaction from people than from the polynesians.
      In case you may not have noticed God made us all so differently
      that really worship cannot be monolithic. Rather worship is
      as much varied as there are people in the world.
      For Madison to have two different worship services that are
      radically different is really nothing to be concerned about.

      On the other point that you made I also am concerned about
      the church engaging in commercial ventures if for nothing
      else it jepardizes the tax-exempt status of the church. If
      christian literature and music is exchanged I would agree.
      But investment in rental property looks to me to go over
      the boundaries of the difference between church and secular.

      Thank you,

      Harry Smith
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