Thursday, October 9, 2008

The Persecuted Church

Kristen at We Are THAT Family has written a new post on The Persecuted Church Next Door. I know several of you have been reading the story of her Russian friends so I wanted to make sure that you caught the latest installment.

Head over there and read the post and then look below for a copy of the comment I left on her blog. After you've done all of that reading, do some writing. Leave me a comment letting me know what you think.
My comment on Kristen's blog:

I've really enjoyed reading about your brush with the persecuted church and I admire your hospitality and open spirit. I also think it is great that you are trying to help them financially and with a home shower type of thingy....BUT....they already have the simplicity that you are seeking for your own family. They have no attachments to material possessions and can be content with the little that they have. Isn't that what the rest of us are looking for?

Why would we want to burden them down with all the trappings of the American life that we so desperately want to shed ourselves? They should of course have a comfortable home to live in but I think there is a fine line to be walked here. Nobody needs to be encouraged in materialism no matter how pure the reasons.

We should all probalby sell about 50 things out of our own homes and give them the money for their ministry instead of buying them things to fill up their own home.

Just my thoughts on the subject. Keep up the good blogging.
Kristen replied to me by e-mail after I left this post and reminded me that this couple lost everything they had and that the things they need are as simple as a trashcan and a winter coat.
Am I right or wrong in my views on giving to this needy couple?
How much is too much?
Would you rather have everything you have now or have close to nothing and a flourishing full time ministry for Christ?
Can you have both?

1 comment:

Travis Penn said...

Good Post. It started the old wheels turning. I've got a challenge for you. In your post you mentioned that we all have 50 things that we should sell. My challenge is list your 50 things.

A few ground rules...

It can't be any of the junk that we just gave you! :)

They have to be different species of items. I.e. not 50 different stuffed animals or pairs of socks etc...

Be creative. Not that you've ever had a problem with that one.

If you can list 50, I'll try to list my 50. If it turns out to be interesting, we can then "tag" some of our favorite bloggers to list their 50 things.

Let me know what you think about this one.