I’m going to step on a toe or two briefly this morning. This morning I visited a theological discussion forum, and this comment was made about missions:
“Our congregation sends tons of money to African missions and very little within our state. The reason is quite simple: Africans respond in droves, Americans don’t.”
Now, does the church Africa need help spreading the Gospel? You betcha. Should those blessed with much feel a responsibility to help those blessed with less? You betcha.
Would Jesus tell His neighbors, “You didn’t respond fast enough so you can just go to hell while I send all my help abroad?” Nope. Read Acts and you get the impression he’d be both/and, not either/or.
You know, your toes wouldn’t hurt so much if you would stop putting them in such places. And your society wouldn’t be so lost if you’d stop neglecting them in favor of only supporting works that are “whiz bang” fast. Perhaps one of the factors in the differences in receptivity between the US and Africa and Latin America is because the public sees the American church saying too often, “You’re not worth our time.”
What’s worth doing is worth doing no matter how long it takes.