I have been reading The Illustrated Man by Ray Bradbury over the break.  The past chapter posed an very interesting question, very improbable, but interesting.  In the past chapter Catholic priests go to Mars, because interplanetary space travel in this book, to evangelize there.  There are human settlements on Mars however when the priests arrive there, the head priest has an experience with a “martian.”  The martians appear to the head priest in the form of a blue sphere that is described as “lightning fire.”  The head priest then makes it his goal to bring the glorious message of Christ to these people.  The biggest dilemna for the priest was how to present Christ to beings that had no similarity to humans at all.

The head priest compromises his beliefs an makes an idol in the image of these beings.  He does it so that they may better understand Christ.  The priest justifies it in his own head by saying that the content is the same however the outward appearance is different.  Therefore, it isn’t wrong because the message of Christ is still upheld.  This is not the correct application because of what the Bible says about engraven images. 

After I read this chapter it made me think.  How would I bring Christ to someone I could not relate to at all.  What would I do differently to bring the message of Christ in an understandable and relatable way.  My goal for you is to only think about how you would bring Christ to someone who you cannot easily relate to.  You never know, you might meet them tomorrow.

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  1. There is a great little book called “The Peace Child” by Don Richardson. In this book he tells about his experience as a missionary to a cannibalistic tribe, the Sawi, in New Guinea. Besides being a page-turning thrill ride of a story, it demonstrates the usage of what is called a “redemptive analogy.”

    A redemptive analogy essentially takes a familiar cultural concept and value system of the people your are speaking to (think Paul in Athens in Acts 17, “The altar to the Unknown God.”) and using it as a platform to speak of Christ.

    P.S. Here is the link to the book on amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Peace-Child-Don-Richardson/dp/0830704159

    Buy it used for less than the price of a McDonald’s Hamburger for goodness sake. You can read it in a day or two and it will profoundly change the way you think about cross-cultural evangelism.

    P.S.S. Be thankful we are not witnessing to balls of light.

  2. Also, check out Augustine’s “The City of God” and C.S. Lewis’ “Til We Have Faces.” Both are great books that use a sort of redemptive analogy method of preaching Christ.


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