by Joseph Parker
I realize I am a few days behind on this “story,” but as I was walking my dog this morning I had an epiphany.
Why aren’t Christians as passionate about the Gospel as Americans are about politics these days?
I was blown away when I first heard that Barack Obama raised $4 million in one day and I think a total of $7 million in the course of two days.
Whether you are a Democrat, Republican, Independent, Libertarian, Green Party, etc., why do Evangelical Christian missionaries struggle so hard at raising the funds they need to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ?
Obama gets up and says he has a need and instantaneously has $4 million.
A missionary stands up and says s/he has a need and is met with questions, and statements of financial struggle.
I am not saying that ALL Christians do not give, even sacrificially…many do!
But I find this curious, if not perplexing, to see the vast paradox here; I would imagine a good number of people that gave to Obama were/are Christians.
And the vast majority of them, as I understood it, were under the age of 35.
We are told it is the Baby Boomers with all the money; that is who you go after.
Yet, of that $4 million Obama raised most individuals gave between $25-$100…that’s it!
Obviously, you get enough people together, regardless of age or means, you will raise $4 million pretty fast.
So why do I continually hear of churches struggling to meet their budgets (assuming the budget is not outlandish), or missionaries struggling to raise enough funds to be able to invest in the life of people who have NO idea who Jesus is?
Whether for your local church, World Vision, Mission to The World, OC International, New Tribes, KidTrek, etc., consider your passion as a Christian.
Are you placing it in the right place?
Do we think Obama, Clinton, McCain, Huckabee, or whoever we are “pulling for” is going to “save us?”
Politics will come and go…Presidents will come and go…but the LORD God Almighty and His Gospel message will last for the ages!
Please…weigh in on this…and let me know what your thoughts are on this topic.
Regardless your view, God bless you!