Mending The Breaking Cord (African Christian Spirituality & Human Progress)
By : Fred A. Yamoah
Christianity in Africa has been viewed around the world as vibrant, dynamic, and transforming. To a large extent, it has displaced traditional African religions in many African societies. The African church continues to enjoy a relative increase in membership, and by the 21st century, it gained a reputation as the epicenter of global Christianity. Interestingly, this growth has been accompanied by a gradual change of its core message of collective transformation of society. Personal gain has gained prominence, as a major theme of the Christian message at the expense of sermons that should encourage fostering the general good of society.
In Mending the Breaking Cord, an African Christian Fred A. Yamoah explores the evitable changes and the different interpretations given to the core message of the church. He also discusses the apparent disconnection between the ethos of human development and the church’s central or integral role in this. Traversing the history of the African church, Fred canvasses a paradox between membership growth and the well- being of African Christians. The role of stakeholders that believe the core message is changing and hence calling for its restoration, is also outlined. The main trust of this passionate reflection, is that if the African church is expected to maintain its relevancy (as ‘a moral and spiritual vessel’), it must not negate its responsibility; that is, to respond adequately to the [holistic] needs of both congregants and the wider public.
Mending the Breaking Cord highlights this seeming disconnection previously unlinked with the nature of the Christian message in Africa. The book recounts the golden age of influence and relevance of the Christian church to collective progress. It follows up with the seeming de-emphasis of engagement of the Christian message and the well-being of the people, resulting from the church’s inability to offer practical solutions to challenges bedeviling the continent. The shining examples of the gallant, yet unsung heroes and heroines, who are giving their all, are also emphasized. It also draws on key articles and edifying lectures that are intended to interrogate and proffer suggestions on restoring the core message to mend the breaking cord from a non-theological scholar’s perspective.