[Followup: Updates here, two years later.]
“Miss Kris10” here thinks mission trips are a “crock,” while at the same time she claims to be a Christian. (No relation, by the way, to this kris10, who is on hiatus.)
Pardon me, “PassTheDutchie,” but missionaries do not do the backbreaking work they do in third world countries just to “bribe the natives” into accepting Christ, nor are they scared into doing into it with threats of Hell.
Missionaries like the New Tribes Missions, of which Martin and Gracia were a part, do these things because we are called by Christ to go out into the world to love and serve all people, just as He came to this world to love and serve us by His sacrifice. Whether the people come to Christ or not, missions workers will have no regrets about the service they do. Just as Jesus Christ did not revile those who tortured him, insulted him, and ultimately crucified him. Even hanging upon the cross, he called forgiveness upon his executioners, and carried on to death the sacrifice by which he saved us all.
I hope to finish my MA next year, and after that, I plan to go into missions and ministry work, part-time or maybe even full-time, as a graphic designer and web developer for Christian causes in the third world. And I will not be doing this for fear of punishment in Hell, nor out of idiocy, but because it is the command of the God whom I love. Will you, Kris10, then take me to task for my stupid naivete in suffering pointless tedium for the sake of the stupid natives?
Rail away, then. But I prefer to be filled with the love of our Lord Jesus; and I am far happier spreading the overflow of that love to those less fortunate in the world, rather than spewing selfish misanthropy from a blog. Christianity, despite what misconceptions you may cling to, does not consist entirely of WWJD bracelets and “Jesus Saves!” bumper stickers. Perhaps you should open your mind.
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Update: Well, she remains cocky and outspoken. Let her be cocky and outspoken on her own, then. Myself, I’m going to stick with my horrible evil organized religion. ;)