Evangelicals from Mars?


Members of the Korean American Presbyterian Church of Queens. Koreans are among those swelling the ranks of evangelical Christians. – James Estrin/The New York Times

An interesting story in today’s New York Times talks about the population of evangelicals living in New York City. So how do New Yorkers, by and large, feel about evangelicals in there midst?

“Still, the prevailing culture of this city is still unsure of what to make of evangelical Christians, most churchgoers interviewed agreed. They can be treated with contempt and other times curiosity. Mickey H. Sanchez, 26, who works for a city councilman and attends Redeemer Presbyterian Church, said he finds that people are often confused when they discover that he’s an evangelical. ‘That you’re in New York as an evangelical, it has to be processed by them,’ he said” (source).

I guess meeting a Martian would be the only thing stranger than meeting an evangelical in New York. Still, the article discusses the burgeoning evangelical population in the city. This population is presumably going to populate the upcoming Billy Graham crusade. This is unfortunate. I think it would be better if the evangelistic crusade could actually reach some non-evangelicals. Hopefully, we haven’t come to the point where seeing a Martian at the crusade would be the only thing stranger than seeing a non-evangelical there.

One Response to Evangelicals from Mars?

  1. Alexander M Jordan July 11, 2005 at 10:26 pm #

    Hi Denny:

    I’m one of those evangelical aliens here in NY. Not only that, I attend a small charismatic church in Queens (though I am somehwat reformed in some of my theology– still working it all out).

    Anyway, the Graham crusade was a very thought-provoking experience for me, prompting me to look into Billy Graham’s ministry. I finally wrote out my ruminations in a post I put on my blog “Jordan’s View” http://jordansview.blogspot.com. I’d be interested in hearing your comments on that post, since I believe that you have written about Graham before?

    Blessings,

    Alex

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