What’s your response?
This week, I want to examine the question of contextualization in evangelism. That’s a forty dollar term meaning simply, “outfitting oneself to match one’s evangelistic target group.” When you contextualize yourself in a certain setting, you adopt the non-sinful cultural habits of the group in order to connect with them. So a missionary to India might wear traditional Indian garb; an evangelist in Greenwich Village might grow stubble and wear Birkenstocks; a pastor in New Brunswick, Canada might buy some winter fishing gear. All these cultural adaptations signal an attempt to connect with the home culture.
Is this good or bad? Right or wrong? Join me this week as we think this one through.
For today, though, think about it: is it wrong for a Christian man to wear an earring?