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Mission and Evangelism

In the 21st century, we are living in a world of social networking, the scientific revolution, and information technology. As a result of today; the Christian mission facing many challenges to proclaim the Gospel in the midst of many different of society; such as Globalization, the rich and poor, science and technology, and so on. In this blog’s post, we are going to discuss some of the contemporary issues of Mission and Evangelism; which are prevalent in our midst.

Mission and Evangelism

But in recent years the term evangelism began to replace mission; not only in conservative evangelical circles but also among Roman Catholics and Ecumenical Protestants.

Evangelization is understood as an umbrella embracing the whole activity of the church. Anyway, the church’s task is one whether we call it mission or evangelism.

So, mission and Evangelism are intimately interrelated. Mission in our own particular context is specifically opting for the poor, oppressed, and marginalized. At the same time evangelization is giving human dignity to the socially marginalized and the so refuse of the society. It has to powerfully come upon any type of selfishness that works against the will of God.

Contemporary Issues of Mission and Evangelism

The proclamation of Christ has to recover its historical role of addressing the dominant cultures; resulting in situations and not just to the salvation of the peoples. In that case, the gospel is not only for all people but also for all situations.

There are a number of contextual issues which are very prevalent in the society that challenge modern missionary activities. Let us look at some of the issues; like globalization, affluence and affliction, and the increasing revolution in science and information technology; which are very prominent in our society and need to be dealt with.

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Globalization

Human rights, environmental crises, and social problems; like poverty and unemployment; are to be understood in relation to the processes of globalization. So, the churches should be able to read the signs of the times in order to fulfill their missionary tasks.

Therefore, the issue which the Church raises today is; should the mission of the Church be let the people embrace globalization; as a force for good and challenge its limitations? Or should the mission of the Church be to encourage the people to reject the new global movement; in such a way that each nation decides its own destiny?

1. Issues Regarding Globalization

The financial and economic crises also have caused massive unemployment, and sharp rises in the prices of goods, and a decrease in wages. With globalization, income inequalities grow between those with education, skills, and mobility and those without these resources and skills. Even within the industrialized countries, economic inequalities between the haves and the have-nots have increased in the last two decades because of the process of globalization.

Moreover, the gap between the rich and the poor countries has increasingly widened. Competitive pressures create unemployment by exaggerating the differences between those who are the owners of capital, the highly skilled professionals, and those who are without these resources.

Globalization breaks off or weakens the social welfare system so that the quality of life is lowered. Along with the process of globalization, the ecological crisis will be more serious and natural resources will be exploited.

Cultural globalization, made possible by the modern communications media, is quickly drawing third-world societies into a global consumer culture that is both secularist and materialistic. The result is an eroding of conventional own family and social values which till now had sustained peoples and societies.

2. Response of Mission to Globalization

b). If we are true to be servants and co-workers in God’s mission, a mission entrusted to us in which we must see mission as that which offers healing and wholeness to an injured world.

c). The mission of the Church is to contribute to the emergence of this ethics through threefold dialogue: dialogue with the poor, dialogue with religions and dialogue with cultures, which, however, does not negate the aspect of proclamation.

d). Christian Mission and Evangelism need to embrace the evangelical struggles against economic injustice, ecological destruction, and against the walls that prevent Christian communion, human fellowship, and inter-faith solidarity.

e) The aim of Christian Mission is not simply to convert or transform the human but to learn and to teach them how to live with the other as neighbor and partner.

f). We should not allow ourselves to be intimidated by economic globalization and cultural imperialism, but we should confront “the centers of power” with the power of the gospel.

g). Churches in the age of globalization have to become a prophetic community of hope and resistance in the vision of the kingdom of God. Because the poor are the product of globalization are not just objects of charity, but they are also controllers of their own lives and agents of social change.

h). Faith in Christ presents us with a vision of life in the oikumene which is an alternative to globalization.

Churches are called by God to commit themselves to the promotion of the common good, justice, and well-being of all creation. She has had a global vision since Jesus’ Great Commission in Matthew 28.

It’ll truly foster international protests through nearby Christian church buildings in opposition to the movements and injustices of worldwide culture.

So, missiology must make sure that its understanding and praxis of mission reflect truly global confessionalism; which can unite the church in and for “local” mission in response to the various forces of globalization around the world.

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Originally published at https://mahasoe.com on September 30, 2020.