Recently, while at a dinner with an Asian American professor of Christian Education, I had the chance to talk with him about various Asian churches and second generation problems. Just before our conversation was cut short by the main event of the evening, he said to me, “We will soon see how the first generation responds to all these issues”. He leaned back and lifted his head towards the podium.
Before the speaker opened her mouth, I leaned in towards him and said, “You’re assuming we can wait.”
The “young lions” of the second generation are not willing to wait. As I spoke with Peter Nguyen of Asian American Intercultural Ministry on the phone last week, and to John Lee the week before, the phrase that I hear over and over coming from these two 20somethings is–I don’t want to sit here and blow a bunch of hot air over this, I want to do something about it right now. I don’t care if we fail, I don’t care if we make mistakes, but things cannot stay status quo; we should do something. Quit all the talk, they say. Peter is excited about planting AA churches nationwide, and John wants to do a worship leaders conference like yesterday.
While the first generation questions our motives, qualifications, our lack of experience pointing out the fact that we’re overgrown youth ministries, the mavericks are ready to move onward.
And frankly, we can’t afford to wait.
The kingdom is a multifarious symphony. They’re not all going to keep planting churches, they’re going to write books and songs, plays, and screenplays. Lead social enterprises and plan cities. It’s not going to be all talk or blogging. And I, for one, can’t wait.