I was astounded to read a prominent evangelical preacher say parents are doing their children a favor by putting them in harms way spreading the gospel.
The Minneapolis fundamentalist has a theory that if the parents accept a missionary assignment in a place hostile to Christians the children will develop a life long passion for the faith. If the missionary’s children get injured or killed on this noble mission, well, he did not elaborate on that.
I had an uncle with a deep passion for missionary work who spent a couple of decades in the field. He and his wife had four children, my cousins. I believe three of those four have left the faith. Maybe I should tell the Minneapolis preacher about that family.
While missionary work on other continents is a big part of the Christian faith, it seems like money down a rat hole to me. Why are we supposed to assume that Christianity is superior to the religious beliefs of those elsewhere? With only one in four or five adults in the U.S. attending church regularly perhaps missionaries could spend their time and money here in this country?
I think missionary work is popular with U.S. denominations because of marketing. When the faithful here in the U.S. are asked to contribute to “missions” it helps expand the denomination’s bureaucracy. Each missionary in the field needs staff at the home office.
And, a number of “new churches” and “converts” can be claimed when little documentation is available.