Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Francis and Contextualization

David Brooks has a great article in the New York Times on Pope Francis, even as he landed yesterday in the US. 

I think a great learning from Francis' life is how to contextualize the Gospel in the lives of the marginalized. We are all to often comfortable with the idea of contextualization using a culture's metaphors, images, stories, customs, traditions and so on , and not so much when it comes to identifying with those suffering from economic and social injustice. What greater contextualization could there be in the slums of Buenos Aires where the 10,000 pound gorilla is such injustice? Evangelicals can talk at length about ideological differences, but its hard to argue with someone who connects with people like Francis does, especially with the poor.

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