Post-colonial Christianity

I caught the Religion Report this morning. It was an interview with an Aboriginal man named Rocky Davis. Davis became a Muslim while in gaol serving for armed robbery. It was interesting to hear about his conversion experience, a process that sounded mostly intellectual. He had a few comments on Christianity. Davis said that unlike the Christians, Muslims don't seek to convert others and change their culture. Davis said that he acknowledged Jesus, but did not think that Jesus preached Christianity. For Davis, Christianity was a tool of colonialisation, and nothing more. I have to say that I agree. I don't think Jesus preached about colonialism or western domination. Jesus himself was resoundingly eastern, no matter how many times artists try to paint him as some blue eyed blonde haired Aryean. However, Christianity has historically been perverted by the incorrigible desire of the west to dominate the east – it became a tool of cultural subjugation. While it has lost its central place and political power (although the recent courting of the megachurch vote might rekindle the latter), Christianity is still viewed through a colonial lense by many non Christians. It is time for Christianity to establish a new legacy. Christianity should be known by its stand for justice; a message of hope and reconciliation; by the love believers show for each other and people around them. Maybe it is not too late for Davis and others like him to experience Christianity as Jesus intended.

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