How come conservative Asian American believers don’t want to talk about ethnicity and race?
In this conversation with Nate Lee, we explore the following:
- Defining a conservative Asian American believer – 1) someone who is politically conservative – i.e. values limited government, lower taxes, and traditional values OR 2) someone who is theologically conservative – i.e. evangelical, literal interpretation of the Bible, gospel-centered, traditional view of Christian sexual ethics.
- Nate’s experience with the “narrowness” of conservatism – how both ends of the political/theological spectrum believe they are correct and don’t want to listen to other people
- Nate’s journey of discovery in seeing how culturally-defined his faith was/is based on mainstream white evangelical culture
- How seminary caused me (Fred) to think more broadly about theology and culture and be more open to different points of views, especially concerning God
- What is the role of “whiteness” for Asian Americans? Is it wrong or inappropriate that we, as Asian American believers, worship in ways influenced by mainstream white evangelical culture?
- The importance of a group of people having a story – our person-hood, our history, our worship practices
- Fred’s experience in the immigrant church that many Asian American Christians are fearful of beliefs that might threaten their faith values even though these values may be culturally-derived and derived from the gospel.
- What we would recommend others do to have a more expansive view of the gospel that is open to other cultures and not simply what we have grown up in