Eugene Cho

700 club baby!

Well, perhaps, this was coming.  Kinda funny but… 

We received a phone call last week from someone at the 700 Club.  They informed us that Quest was chosen to be their recipient as ‘Church of the Week’ for an upcoming week.  They wanted to fly out a TV crew to conduct a few interviews, take some shots and award us a plaque to honor our ministry and outreach.  Honestly, it feels good to be ‘noticed’.  Moreover, being highlighted to the largest christian television ministry in the world and their network is tempting.  We respect them as brothers and sisters in Christ and acknowledge good things about their ministry.  However, the pastoral staff agreed to decline the offer in light of some philosophical differences with the Christian Broadcasting Network and their most visible leader, Pat Roberston 

Although I’m at peace with the decision, I needed to take some time to examine a larger issue that I think, impacts so many of us if not ALL of us.  It impacts me.  What is it?  It is our affinity to gather or converse with people that are only LIKE MINDED.  Does this make sense?  It’s so easy to befriend people that look like us, think like us, believe like us, talk like us, and live like us.  But isn’t this how ‘homogenization’ takes place?  This isn’t a call for us to live without values, convictions, and such but perhaps, an opportunity to examine if we’re willing to go beyond our comfort zone.   

It’s too easy to label others too conservative, too liberal, or too fundamental.  We become righteous Christians who make light of other Christians (my head lowered in confession right about now). On the other side, it’s tempting to label aspects of the secular culture as bad, evil, dangerous, and non-believers as horrible ‘pagans’. 

My hope and prayer is that we as Questers would be secure in our faith and belief in the Triune God and because of that, be that much more compelled to build relationships with others in hopes that people may see the beauty and grace of Christ NOT ONLY evident in our lives but so that we may see God’s beauty in the lives of others. Let’s pray and work towards a Quest with a community of people that are different in many ways but bound by our desire to both follow Christ and/or learn more about this Jesus Christ.

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4 Responses

  1. djchuang says:

    I’d imagine it’s a funny feeling to get noticed and put into the media spotlight; to quote Rick Warren, he says to not stay in the spotlight too long, or you might get blinded 🙂

  2. nicole says:

    I’ve heard a few in the church community who are not familiar with Pat Robertson’s teaching/philosophies express interest in knowing exactly what things Quest disagreed with. Perhaps they can be summarized for us?

  3. […] when folks ask me why the other Quest pastors and I politely declined the invitation to be featured and aired on the 700 Club as their church of the week, this is one of the reasons…  To read the article, click […]

  4. […] Now, while I do have some respect for him, the “other stuff” are the reasons why I respectfully declined the 700 Club’s offer/request couple years to visit our church/cafe for a brief video shoot to highlight Quest as […]

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col·lab·o·ra·tion
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the action of working with someone or a group of others  to produce or create something.

May we hold our logos, egos, and tribalism have their place. May we hold them loosely for they too shall pass. May we collaborate for the sake of the greater Kingdom of God ... which endures forever. As we honor Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., don't forget the God behind the man. The one true God who deposited this dream into MLK is still speaking to us today. Are we listening?

Be courageous. Be brave.

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Yes, blessed be the local, indigenous leaders. What an honor and privilege to celebrate with the on-the-ground local @thefreedomstory team to celebrate the recent opening of their Education and Resource Center for the local youth in Chiang Rai, Thailanf. This was made possible through a partnership and matching grant by @onedayswages and The Freedom Story.

While it was an honor to be there to cut the cord and say a few words, this is an example of collaboration. Much love to the Freedom Story team including their co-founders Tawee Donchai and @Rachel Goble, to their staff who live in the community, who understand their context and culture, and who tenaciously pursue a better world with hope, justice and love. And of course, much love to the students themselves for they each matter. Finally, to each person that donated to @onedayswages to make this grant possible.

May hundreds and even thousands of youth be impacted, encouraged, and mentored. May they capture a glimpse of God's love for them.

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There's such painful and poignant irony in pursuing justice...unjustly. One way we do this is when we reduce people into projects...and thus, propagating the dangerous power dynamic of US as heroes and THEM as helpless and exclusively as victims. So dangerous.

Human trafficking is not just an issue. It’s ultimately, about people. Depending on the sources of statistics, there are anywhere from 29-40 million people in some form of forced labor and slavery, including sex trafficking.

And one thing I’ve learned, personally, is how easy it is easy to reduce people into projects which is why mutuality, reciprocity, and dignity are so vital. These are critical because God never intended people to be reduced into projects.

We forget this and we indirectly foster a culture and system of victimization or worse, the pornification of the poor or in this case, "the trafficked." And when you start dehumanizing the poor or trafficked, you have no genuine desire to build relationships with them. You believe or build stereotypes in broad strokes, singular, black and white narratives that have been told about them. You believe the lie that they have nothing to teach us and are incapable of contributing to the larger society.

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