- By Indu Shanmugam
- Published 09/20/2008
Indu Shanmugam is a 20-something, college student from Oregon, USA. She is majoring in English literature and language. She also studied Theology for a short period. She wants to be a teacher. As a literature enthusiast, she enjoys literature of all types and from writers of various backgrounds from the classics, French realists, Christian writings like C.S Lewis and South Asian literature. As for her own writings, "I am still trying to find and develop my own voice." She sees the art of the written word as a way to speak about Christ and explore truth. Before she met Jesus Christ, she has been searching for the meaning of life through experimentation of other religions, philosophies and ideas. At the age of 17, she accepted Christ after a powerful encounter with God through a miracle. God's presence and deep truths in the Bible fuel her creativity. She is involved in church activities and has a love for the church and would like to see every believer grow, become closer to God and live fruitfully. She loves traveling, sipping bubble teas, theatre, music, films and hanging out with friends and has a weakness for cheesecake.
What to do when you perceive that Christ is no longer the cornerstone. The gospel of Christ is no longer the focus; instead the gospel of the American mega-church culture has taken over.
I understand that not all churches are perfect. They are made-up of flawed people just like myself. Little things, inconveniences and offenses don't bother me. It's the major things that are worth paying attention to. I faced many problems in my past so I'm not easily offended by petty inconveniences.
How about having major doctrinal disagreement with your church? I wanted to leave but wanted to for the right reasons. I pray and wait. At the right time the Lord started a process of transplanting me.
This has been a new season. I'm questioning a few things I learned over the years. I won't get the answers right away but I'll understand it when the Holy Spirit reveals them to me.
I believe he's taking me another direction. I'm glad to be a part of Imago Dei Community church.