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Japanese vs. Gaijin Christianity

Japanese Christianity is Giri to Japanese Culture & Christian Faith

Faith is a private journey, present at your core, something only you can access in your Honne

Culture is the group you belong to, who you associate with and the activities you do in your Tatemae

1. Responsibility to My Group

As Japanese people, we are skilled at navigating group priorities. Knowing when an employer group takes priority over an athletic group. Knowing when a family group takes priority over a shared hobby group.

When a Japanese becomes a Christian, they may feel it is another group they must prioritize.

Gaijin Christianity

Some churches require their group to come first. They may put pressure on their congregants to be at church every Sunday, participate in only their activities and warn you of the dangers of participating in other non-Christian activities and groups.

Japanese Christianity

Becoming a Christian is not like joining a club--it is placing your faith in Jesus. It is healthy to meet with Christians in a church, but church doesn't make you a Christian, faith in Jesus does. At a Japanese Christian church you are encouraged to continue to navigate group priorities in the same way you did prior to becoming a Christian.

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2. Participating in Festivals

Japanese people are skilled at navigating group priorities. Knowing when an employer group takes priority over an athletic group. Knowing when a family group takes priority over a shared hobby group.

When a Japanese becomes a Christian, they may feel it is another group they must prioritize.

Gaijin Christianity

Some churches require their group to come first. They may put pressure on their congregants to be at church every Sunday, participate in only their activities and warn you of the dangers of participating in other non-Christian activities and groups.

Japanese Christianity

Becoming a Christian is not like joining a club--it is placing your faith in Jesus. It is healthy to meet with Christians in a church, but church doesn't make you a Christian, faith in Jesus does. At a Japanese Christian church you are encouraged to continue to navigate group priorities in the same way you did prior to becoming a Christian.

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2. Participating in Festivals

Japanese people are skilled at navigating group priorities. Knowing when an employer group takes priority over an athletic group. Knowing when a family group takes priority over a shared hobby group.

When a Japanese becomes a Christian, they may feel it is another group they must prioritize.