Kwame Bediako states in “Christianity in Africa” that “Christian theology in the West seems, on the whole, to understand the Christian Gospel as a system of ideas. And yet, when the Apostle Paul described the Gospels, this is what he wrote: ‘ I have complete confidence in the Gospel; it is the power of God to save all who believe…’ Surely this calls for a new idiom.” So often, I think we boil Christianity down to what we do or what we believe. This is highly important, but I do not think it should stand at the center of Christianity. The center of Christianity has been and always should be the risen Jesus Christ (The Word made flesh, Incarnation) and our tangible interactions with His life. If we have not had “our heart strangely warmed,” we are missing out on a large piece of the Kingdom of God. The reasons Jesus sent the comforter were to bear witness of the Father and that we would be able to enter into the community of new humanity that Christ initiated on Easter; thus, bringing glory to the Son and the Father, through the Spirit. Yet, so often we boil Christianity down to codes of conduct or dare I say even a text, when it could be so much more. I think our African brothers and sisters have much to teach us about what it means to live a life shaped by the real, tangible presence of Christ and in the post-Christian West, we had better start listening.
This is reality, He is coming to reign on the earth, and the increase of His Government will know no end!