Individualism vs. Collectivism
Within Christianity, I believe that Christian’s in the United States use collectivism more so then other cultures. Because I live in the United States, I’m not as aware of what others around the world do when it comes to the use of collectivism within Christianity. This effected my decision and may change a little after I look at this situation from another prospective after our trip in Guatemala. Around the United States we have a large number of denominations that have many different ways of spreading the word of Christianity. Without spreading Gods words (collectivism), we as Christians are not doing our job, which is presented within the Bible and throughout Christianity. In our country we have many different ways we present the Word or the Message to others. For children, not only do we have Sunday school but programs like Vacation Bible School, Day Camps, …etc. (other countries also do). For middle school and high school, we have church services, youth group, retreats, and events ….etc. For adult there’s Adult Bible Fellowship, Men’s Fraternity, Financial Peace University…etc. September 11th and Hurricane Katrina are excellent examples of times Christians have shared the Word to those who were tragically hurt emotionally and physically from theses events. On September 11th, my grandfather went to NYC and brought comfort, praying over them and sharing God’s love. For Hurricane Katrina, my hometown church sent a group of people down to New Orleans and helped with whatever they could sharing God’s love through the comfort and hope given to those effected by the hurricane. Lastly we look at what missionaries do by going around the world whether it is in China, India, Uganda, Romania… etc. And this is where we see a major difference. In China and many other countries, people are not allowed (by law) to be a Christian, present Christianity, or even talk about Christianity. With these strong and...
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