The African-born General Secretary of the World Council of Churches has encouraged US Christians to stand up for global concerns rather than narrow national interests in seeking to live out the Gospel in a violent and unjust world. He has also condemned the so-called βprosperity gospelβ and praised faithful witness and action by many American Christians.
The Rev Dr Samuel Kobia made his remarks yesterday in a wide-ranging address to the general assembly of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Portland, Oregon.
Recalling the 40-year-old insight of a former WCC general secretary from the USA, Eugene Carson Blake, Dr Kobia said: βIf it was the challenge to US churches in 1965 to reflect a global perspective rather than that of an ultra-patriotic 'culture club', this remains a principal challenge 40 years later.β
The WCC leader acknowledged the vital role of North American Christians in...