Tuesday, March 22, 2011

We Taught Them Too Well

Alan Cross has a thought-provoking post entitled, "Are Southern Baptists Capable of Being Missional?". He asks a good question because going on missions personally is not what we have been taught.

IMHO, for years and years, we taught the church they could participate in missions by giving to Lottie Moon and Annie Armstrong so that missionaries could do the work of missions for us. This was the mantra until recently (within last 15-20 years) when we began to encourage our people not only to give but to go. In my previous church, a lot of the pushback I received was exactly that: we give and they go; we're doing our part.

We taught the churches for 100 years to give and the missionaries would go. We created that mindset and it's going to take a while to change it, if we ever can. 

1 comment:

Alan Cross said...

Thanks, Les. I don't want to just talk about "going on missions," however. I am talking about living missionally, which means to live our lives as sent ones of God. This world is not our home. We are aliens and strangers here. If we seek to save our lives, we will lose them. You can't serve two masters. Living in concert with the God who is both sent and who sends is what enables us to live missionally, not just being willing to go on missions. I agree with what you are saying, but I want to expand to our entire lifestyle. I think that we are ill prepared theologically to engage in this type of life.