*This is a rant post.
I came across the US Center for World Mission website today. They have this app called ‘Pray for the Unreached’, which is basically missionary conversion bullshit. Look around for yourselves:
As you can see, they have databases on non-Christian indigenous ethnic communities all over the world and steps on how to “introduce Christ” to them. They have studied if the people are friendly or open to outsiders or not, their culture… everything. And listed out possible obstacles and ideas on how to go about converting the people.
I was unaffected until I found my community’s page on their website. Wow, the level of research, even our government census does not manage this level of datakeeping.
They have made a detailed survey of our community (including population and maps), and prepared audio and video content on Jesus in Konkani to influence us. They have given us a progress scale of 1 out of 5, which means influence is unreached yet, and initiation is required. They have also estimated number of workers needed for initial church planting among the community. Everything is already planned.
WHAT THE F- Stop using God as an excuse to validate your condescending, self-righteous and racist mindset. Stop trying to influence people and let them be, just mind your own fuckin’ business goddammit!
“They speak Konkani and the languages of the Indian states they are living in. Originally they came from Goa and many migrated to the other states. These people are well educated and many are wealthy. They work in finances, medical work and engineering for example and are successful in other parts of the world too. They have restaurants. They are vegetarians but do eat fish. They are a friendly people.
Every individual is equally valuable and equally lost without Jesus Christ. However, people groups have varying levels of exposure and response to the gospel. This community has a progress scale of 1 (unreached).”
What pathetic bullshit is this?! That is the most patronising, self-righteous nonsense I have ever come across. What do they achieve by forcing somebody else to pray to their God? Shouldn’t one’s relationship with God be more personal or spiritual? It should be nobody’s business what form of God I choose to pray to, or to even pray at all.
Lauren says, “I hate the parts of religion that treat communities who aren’t their religion as somehow inferior, needing to be enlightened.”
Indeed! I am all for prayer and believing and having faith, sure, go for it, as long as it is not pushed on others. I’m just really annoyed after looking at this. I wish they stopped doing that. Not cool.
Are you genuinely interested to read a little about my community?
Gouda Saraswat Brahmin : A History
The Many Names of the Unassuming Gouda Saraswat Brahmin