I have been all over the world, and I have often been the recipient of hospitality in my ministry travels. On more than one occasion I have been blown away by the generosity of others.
One of my passions is to spread the ideas of a Biblical Christian Worldview. As I have studied the Bible about this, I have been pleasantly surprised about how many real and practical things can be lived out in day to day life to see the Kingdom of God advanced in the earth!
One of those areas is hospitality!
You might not think you can do much to advance the gospel, but you never know how much is happening when you simply share your life, your home, and basic Christian hospitality with your neighbors.
You might desire to be a great evangelist. You want to see lives changed by the Love of God.
Start with a cup of cold water, a few minutes sitting in your living room over snacks with a neighbor, helping someone carry in their groceries.
A Christian Transformational Worldview starts with the little things!
My heart cry to God:
“Father, I need your heart for my neighbors! I need your heart to have a more open home and a more sharing heart!”
“What if I told you that Christian hospitality was a necessary key to reclaiming our culture for Christ? It may sound a bit extreme, but if you think about it for a minute it makes sense. Influence flows over time to those who serve. As Christians more effectively show hospitality by opening their lives to and serving others they will begin to affect their surrounding communities and culture at a very fundamental level.” [Read More]
After reading Rushdoony’s book, both of these men were struck by how similar the story of Native American Indians was to the story of Native Australian Aborigines. Both groups of people were highly influenced by a “statist” approach.
(This Podcast episode is a follow up to a previous episode that was embedded with permission from Chalcedon. Thanks Chalcedon!)
R.J. Rushdoony was a missionary to the American Indians when he was a young man. The book is a collection of essays about the devastating effect of statism on the American Indian People. It is also available as a Kindle download.
(Podcast episode embeded with permission from Chalcedon. Thanks Chalcedon!)
I spent a number of years in the world of Short Term Mission Trips. I don’t regret it. We worked with a long term focus, and in spite of many “learning” moments I trust that the Kingdom of God was advanced in the earth.
But I did have the opportunity to observe many interesting things about how Americans tend to view “the lost” and “the poor” and “the needy” in the world.
I remember preaching the Gospel of Jesus in an Indian village. The temptation was there to see the beautiful people in that village as helpless lost people that needed me to bring Jesus and save them.
I chose a different path. I chose to see each person whose eyes met mine as a brother or sister human being, equal to me in every way. I was just a Messenger. A Servant. I am not the Savior.
We Americans sometimes like to be “missionary tourists.” We like to go out and save those poor wretches in the rest of the world.
This little rant was inspired in general by my life experience and in the moment by this article over at TheVeryWorstMissionary.com:
“I want to fill a rental van marked “Tourist” with unbelievably rich people and then I want to bring them to your middle-class neighborhood to take pictures of you and your kids and your house and your cars.” [Read More]