Perhaps one of the great challenges to Korean-Americans in living out their faith as a minority culture in the face of a wholly different majority culture is to empower them with a glimpse into how Koreans came to the Christian faith. The narrative is extremely important to me now as I wrestle with these issues, because I believe that we have a great deal of explaining to do as to how we, as part of this Asian-American diaspora, are grafted onto a Jewish tree; putting our faith in a Middle Eastern Messiah while living a near-complete revolution of the globe away from a place our fathers called home.
Therefore, how my father and grandfather were impacted by the Gospel is of immeasurable importance to me, because I must know that my hope in Jesus as my Savior was not a product of imperialistic or economic pressures. I need to hear that people that looked like me and my forefathers were transformed by the Holy Spirit to the degree that is beyond explanation. I realize that it is selfish of me to desire it, but I believe it to be important because while I know that the Gospel moved immediately into Europe and Africa, I want to know that same power that is expressed in Acts, that same community that was born out of the first church, and healing that I believe to be true, happened to Koreans in Korea. I believe that to be of utmost importance as I live in a postmodern America as a hyphenated American, where I re-evaluate my own faith in terms of whether my God is inclusive, universal, and passionate about redeeming about people that look like me. Because then I will have all the more courage to speak the truth, in love, to others that look nothing like me.
Then, with no further ado, my fellow Korean-Americans…read the following: