A common point of view from many that have looked at the discussion of recognizing an Asian-American church is that by the time people (of any race) have existed as 4th generation people (and beyond) in America, they lose their ethnic identity and just blend in. Is this really true?
When we as Americans look at the church, we almost always agree that there are white churches and black churches. Why? We’re dealing with many African-Americans that have gone beyond the 4th generation here in the United States, yet they are still connected in the black church and recognized as existing within their own church. Can we recognize that African-American culture requires a church of their own, yet call upon Asians to just blend into the predominantly white American church? To do so either glorifies African-Americans as unique amongst all minorities or that we are afraid to tread upon blacks for fear of being labeled racists. With the polarizing remarks relating to the recent arrest of African-American Harvard professor Henry Gates, race is definitely an issue in our society today. Race definitely colors how and what we say.
Can we come to a point where we look at the culturally ethnic church and seek solutions to advance the gospel or is it just about making people feel important and catering the gospel to their needs? If we as Americans can acknowledge and recognize a black church as necessary, then why do we bring a different argument when it comes to discussing the Asian-American church?
Am I the only one that sees the disparity in this?