Some people get bristly when talking about “evaluations.” It brings to memory the driver’s ed teacher who insistently evaluated his/her driving skills. (In my case, it was my band director’s evaluations that made me nervous in high school!) But, if we intend to improve in our effectiveness and efficiency as missionaries, as Christian servants, and even as “common, every day Christians,” then evaluation is legitimate and necessary.
Here’s some things I hope to evaluate in our blog as time goes on:
>> Cooperation with national missionaries.
>> Varying degrees of personal and ecclesiastical separation.
>> Church missions programs.
>> Educational requirements of missionaries and pastors (I’ll be sure NOT to step on my colleagues toes).
>> Raising a family in a third culture.
>> Habits and disciplines of missionaries in a host culture.
>> And, perhaps some of your questions that are submitted in writing to us here on the blog.
Are you looking forward to some good discussions? I am! As one well know missionary stated: “But whatever things were gain to me, those things I have counted as loss for the sake of Christ. More than than, I count all things to be loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them but rubbish so that I may gain Christ.” (Paul, Missionary to the Gentiles, in his letter to the Philippians 3:7-8)
What really matters in life, in the final analysis, is that which glorifies Christ. It’s HIS evaluation of things that we must adhere to. That is the greatest test we will ever have to face, in this life and the next.
“AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL”…A THING OF THE PAST?
We need a hard honesty about what is happening in our own country. Repeatedly on Facebook and in other social media I read the concern that people express about decisions of the US Supreme Court and especially concerning the direction the present administration is taking. Quite frankly, the level of concern about the possibility of losing religious freedom and the freedom of speech is higher now than when I was in high school during the cold war with the U.S.S.R.! There are serious issues in the works right now.
Recently I have posted on my home page (Articles of Interest) various thoughts about issues that are worth consideration. It is my intention to promote conversation and to provide some information. I think most of you have your sources for getting the news. But my highest goal is to provide some stimulation and evaluation in the matters we face. That being the case, I will seek to develop a better method of bringing those topics to light that are worth your time and effort.
For now, I want to put some thoughts out there that I believe require not only serious discussion but also decisive action. Here is a partial list:
- Family rights being encroached upon by the USA government. These include home schooling groups, parental discipline of one’s own children, the supposed idea of protection of teenage rights to sexual privacy, and school vouchers.
- The protection of the right to exercise religious freedom and the protection from harassment by the government of those groups that may or may not meet up with a Christian definition of faith, but that are equally protected under the Bill of Rights.
- The LGBT agenda to force schools and churches and other non-profit organizations to give credence to their belief that sexuality is a matter of choice, not of birth orientation. Those who espouse the philosophy of a lesbian, gay, bisexual or transvestite way of life have their objectives and we need to realize that conservative, traditional values are a serious road block to those goals. This will lead to an inevitable clash in society and in court.
We have the right and the responsibility to defend the truth of those morals and values that have made the United States great. I hope that from my standpoint we can contribute to that end!
David L. Rogers, MA.Min.