Nathan Price: The Poisonwood Bible Essay

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The Poisonwood Bible is the story of an evangelical Baptist preacher named Nathan Price who uproots his wife and four daughters from the modern culture of America and moves them to the Kilanga Village in the Belgian Congo as missionaries. He is bullheaded and obstinate in all his ways. His approach is inflexible, unsympathetic, and unaccepting of the culture and customs of the people of Kilanga. Nathan Price exemplifies the words of Romans 2:4 that says, “Or do you despise the riches of His goodness, forbearance, and longsuffering, not knowing the goodness of God leads you to repentance?” He did not share the goodness of God, but sought to spread his uncompromising pious agenda. Instead ...view middle of the document...

I Corinthians 9:19-23 says, “19 For though I am free from all men, I have made myself a servant to all, that I might win the more; 20 and to the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might win Jews; to those who are under the law, as under the law, that I might win those who are under the law; 21 to those who are without law, as without law (not being without law toward God,]but under law toward Christ), that I might win those who are without law; 22 to the weak I became as weak, that I might win the weak. I have become all things to all men that I might by all means save some. 23 Now this I do for the gospel’s sake, that I may be partaker of it with you. Unlike the Apostle Paul, Nathan Price did not understand the importance of becoming all things to all men. He failed to realize in order to influence them and have an entrance into their lives, he must seek to understand their ways. He only cared about what he learned from his own culture and his own personal beliefs.
One evening at dinner, Anatole, the village teacher comes to tell Price that Chief Tata Ndu is suspicious and disapproves of him trying to convert the village people to Christianity. The chief thinks that will cause moralistic descent within the people. Prices response is to throw Anatole out of the house. He does not try to gain insight into the religious traditions of the people. Tata...

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