Thanks for sharing, Seth!
After reading my blog
on Bill & Chad, Ken Stack wrote the
following – a good perspective:
Honestly there is a divine tension here. As a church we have
made it far too easy to stay put. It
takes courage to challenge our buying into a Christianity that is often more
American than it is biblical. Some who read the email look like Bill, yet they
have had deep struggles with their own commitment. They’ve wondered what life might have been
like if they’d chosen the radical route you propose.
So although protest may come from we “Bills,” in our heart
of hearts, maybe we would trade our life of stuff for doing exploits for God. At
least in every man, old or young, a Joshua spirit hovers waiting to be
expressed. Sometimes it is channeled
into the local church. Sadly often it
goes to sleep until something like this stirs it up.
Yet, it’s Bill that does a lot of the sending, sacrificial
giving, partnering in vision with others who are called to a missions track. Bill
really wants to go, but perhaps he married that dream girl, so he’s torn. He
hopes someday he can be there, but until then, he plants heavily financially in
missions so a bit of him gets there even if the whole may not.
Bill is glad for Chad; maybe Bill was not cut out
as a risk taker, and is pushing himself as he feels God directs – “some one,
five, or ten.” We need more Chads to inspire the Bills and give them a focus on
what is important.
And at the same time, Bill needs to honestly ask God the
path He has chosen for him and obey fully, even if it’s staying home and
keeping the sending body focused on missions and the Lord of missions.
To all the Chads: Go for it and never look back! To all the
Bills: Remain faithful, don’t get bitter because of what some see as
restraints. Use those same things to
push back darkness and give like you never have before to reach yet further.
God bless you both.
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