The argument goes like this:
The suburbs are full of materialistic people who are living as if they believe God is there to bless them financially while they ignore the plight of the poor and the downtrodden.
If it is true should we not then…
1.) Send missionaries to those enclaves of false religion?
2.) Ask young people to pray about having a heart for the suburbs?
3.) Ask families to pick up and move into the shadow of that blight on the suburban landscape: the strip mall?
4.) Start having conferences about the need for risking our reputations in the suburbs?
I think yes.
Since the majority of white american evangelicals live in the suburbs, I think we should be engaging them to reach their culture for Christ, especially on 3 and 4. There is a lot of suburban material poverty, too. For example, the area Westminster students refer to as "Little Mexico" (so glad Christian kids taught me that.)Redemptive history is moving from a garden to a city, and I am glad to be a part of that, because I do think the city is a special place of culture and diversity. I know my kids have a unique perspective on poverty, race and the gospel from their experiences living Southside, going to school every day in Woodlawn in classes where they are the only white kids and playing soccer every week at Legion field. But I don't think everyone is called to live there. And if you aren't going to engage the city and be a part of it, you should live somewhere where you can neighbor well, and if that's the suburbs, go for it. What would be nice is if suburban people stopped making comments about how unsafe it is as if I am offering my children up to gang bangers. I've never heard a gunshot any of those places, believe it or not. Though the Club keeps setting off fireworks…
Kristen,I am shocked, shocked I tell you that Christian kids would call the area of Hoover where there is a high concentration of Mexicans, "Little Mexico".Shocked!I mean, when I was in NYC and someone said, "Let's go get something to eat in Little Italy," I made sure they knew my outrage at such insensitivity. And wouldn't you know it was a white, evangelical who said it?! I immediately assumed they were fans of Nascar, Wal-Mart and Carrie Underwood.Me? I call that part of Hoover, "Guadalahoover". Great. Now I want a #14.
You didn't hear what they said about it (which was racist.)