Listen to the interview here. Kim talks about evangelicals and politics, the culture wars, purity culture, race, and his vision for evangelicals moving forward.
Here is a taste of NPR’s summation:
Kim didn’t grow up as an evangelical. He established his faith in high school and says he found comfort within evangelicalism’s “deep commitment to scripture, to personal transformation of Jesus.”
His father, a refugee, escaped communist China by crossing a river in a barrel, he says. Kim’s dad eventually took the family to the U.S. with the help of a Lutheran pastor. Then for years afterward, an Irish Catholic family took Kim’s household under their wing, he explains.
“People of faith have been deeply a part of my own family history in terms of welcoming us to America,” he says.
As a pastor of color, he says he wants to summon that level of care and hospitality to “reach across differences that right now seem insurmountable in a time of tremendous polarization.” That means starting conversations about identity and faith.
Read the entire piece here.