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Praxis for Pentecostals

An excerpt by Anthia Butler

"In describing what the Praxis of Pentecostal Spirituality and Justice consists of, the Korean term "Minjung" is helpful. Minjung means in Korean 'mass of the people' or the 'masses'. These are the everyday people, the ones who suffer and work constantly, struggling on a day to day basis. When evangelists came to Korea and began to work with the Minjung, they soon realized that they were not getting through to the Koreans. Their language and perceptions of life were different from those they sought to convert. In order to communicate, they had to live and work with the Minjung, to live as they did. The Minjung began to show the missionaries by re-reading the Bible, that the Gospel is for the Minjung: the poor, weak, the lowest, the crippled, blind, and captive. The mission workers discovered the reality of the Minjung in the Bible, their place in the justice and compassion of God.

"Minjung, or the masses of the people is a way of thinking about how Pentecostals practise Spirituality and Justice. Although people from many different social locations and geographical locales may call themselves Pentecostal, any Pentecostal at any time could be a member of the Minjung - the downtrodden. Socio-cultural alienation, economic exploitation, and political suppression are all aspects of being a part of the Minjung. Pentecostals in various locales practise Minjung Spirituality and Justice. What is important to Pentecostal Praxis is that the individual needs are first and foremost focus of Justice through Spirituality. Those needs may include, but are not limited to, food, clothing, shelter money, health concerns, job concerns, family issues, finances and others. The next layer of Spiritual Justice issues focuses on oppression of individuals and groups in the community. Examples are racism, sexism, and class schisms. Finally, political and world issues would occupy the last sphere of Pentecostal Spirituality and Justice. How these spheres work in different Pentecostal churches depend on their locale and emphasis. Two examples that are representative of Pentecostal pursuits of Spirituality and Justice come from very different Pentecostal churches in the United States. ...

"Spirituality and Justice issues are integral to the praxis in The House of the Lord Church. Protest is considered to be as important as evangelization. In December 1987, Rev. Daughtry led a blockade of the Brooklyn Bridge and New York city transit lines to call attention to acts of violence and institutionalized violence against Blacks in New York. The church's involvement in political, social and spiritual issues is a wholistic environment that embodies the action of the Holy Spirit to mobilize and energize the church. This is carried out in the church services, where women and men play equal roles in the service. Spiritual gifts are manifest and evident, and issues of justice and equality preached from the pulpit. The church exemplifies the example for linking Spirituality and Justice issues in Pentecostalism. The Holy Spirit not only energizes spiritual life, it directly confronts the Principles and Powers of the age. By working together as a congregation and a community, effective change is achieved."

For complete examples and the entire paper by Anthea Butler.

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