Imagine What?

Following up on our participation in the Nothing but Nets campaign, The United Methodist Church is now involved in Imagine No Malaria.

I wasn’t at our Annual Conference this year; I have still been on family leave.  I heard, though, that Imagine No Malaria received a lot of support and attention.

Don’t get me wrong; I fully support such projects.  I am all for, if possible, the eradication of malaria.

I am concerned, however, that taking on such projects helps us as a church lose our focus on our mission, which is “making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.” Sure, getting rid of malaria, which kills thousands of people each day might be considered a great stride toward the transformation of the world, the way we are going about it is not.

We rally.  We pledge. We challenge other individuals or groups to match our commitment, our dollars.  We write chrcks and then leave the rally with a great feeling that we are doing something, and that together we might actually do something big.

As long as American Christians think ministry can be done by the writing of a check (or the swipe of a card), we will be losing out on the majority of what following Jesus entails.

Rather than merely giving money for others to work, Christians have to be involved with their lives; their time, their abilities, their souls, in the lives of other people.

Imagine with me, if you will, the people of Jesus serving others, reaching out, moving towards those in need as though we have something to offer besides just our money.

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