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Ten ways to avoid becoming a missionary
|"My wife and I are
considering church-planting on a foreign field. Your 10 ways to avoid becoming a missionary
are very challenging."|
— John C.,
Stay away! Steer clear! Weasel out of it!
A tongue-in-cheek or humorous list of sure-fire ways to avoid becoming a crdoss-
cultural, expatriate Christian missionary
To avoid winding up as a foreign missionary . . .
- Ignore Jesus' request in John 4:35 that we take a long hard look at the
fields. Seeing the needs of people can be depressing and very unsettling. It could lead to
genuine missionary concern.
(John 4:35 "Do you not say, `Four months more and then the
harvest'? I tell you, open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest." For
other Bible passages on missions, click here)
- Focus your energies on socially legitimate targets. Go after a bigger salary. Focus
on getting a job promotion, a bigger home, a more luxurious car, or future financial security.
Along the way, run up some big credit card debts. [ ready feet . . .
- Get married to somebody who thinks the "Great
Commission" is what your employer gives you after you make a big sale. After
marriage, embrace the socially-accepted norms of settling down, establishing a respectable
career trajectory and raising a picture-perfect family.
- Stay away from missionaries. Their testimonies can be disturbing. The situations
they describe will distract you from embracing whole-heartedly the materialistic lifestyle of your
- If you happen to think about missions, restrict your attention to countries where it's
impossible to openly do missionary work. Think only about North Korea, Saudi Arabia, China and other closed countries. Forget the vast areas of our globe open
to missionaries. Never, never listen to talk about creative access
- Think how bad a missionary you would be based on your own past failures. It is
unreasonable to expect you will ever be any better. Don't even think about Moses, David, Jonah, Peter or Mark, all of whom had to overcome serious
more on Jonah ]
- Always imagine missionaries as talented, super-spiritual people who stand on lofty
pedestals. Maintaining this image of missionaries will heighten your own sense of
inadequacy. Convincing yourself that God does not use
ordinary people as missionaries will smother any guilt you may feel about refusing to
even listen for a call from God. [ type of
missionaries needed ]
- Agree with the people who tell you that you are indispensable where you are. Listen
when they tell you that your local church or home country can't do without you. [ Apple pickers parable ]
- Worry incessantly about money. [ simple
- If you still feel you must go, go out right away without any preparation or training.
You'll soon be home again and no one can ever blame you for not trying!
Inspired by Stewart Dinnen's list in How are you doing?
(Bromley: STL Books)
|"I must put God and His vision ahead of my
personal checklist" — Fred Fullerton, former director, Nazarene Youth
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