John Wesley had just taken up a “large sum of money” for the Indian schools in America. After collecting the offering he reflected in his journal:
“A large sum of money is now collected; but will money convert Heathens? Find preachers of David Brainerd’s spirit, and nothing can stand before them; but without this, what will gold or silver do? No more than lead or iron. They have indeed sent thousands to hell; but never yet brought a soul to heaven.”
These words still ring true today. You can have all the money in the world, but without the clear presentation of the gospel, there is no hope for eternal life-transformation. At the end of the day, there is a pressing need for men and women who will clearly present God’s plan of rescue (aka “salvation)!
2 thoughts on “Money isn’t everything”
I guess one of the key things I’ve been challenged in while serving as a Planting Resident at Mountain Lake has been stepping into my role to, under Jesus, to “finance the mission.” Money is not the master, but it is a wonderful servant when it comes to getting the message out of Jesus.
What I find most striking and offensive is how American Indians were thought of. Forget the gospel for just a moment, and look at the man who is judging the American Indians.
Somehow, I can’t see Jesus agreeing with him nor speaking in this tone about a human being. Native Americans were far from heathens, especially before the white man came over, took their land, lied to them and killed most of them.
These actions are the complete opposite of God’s word, yet men used God’s word to rationalize horrible actions.
From my learning, many American Indians had a very strong spiritual practice and dedication to Wakan Tanka (God) and their families. Just because they worshiped God differently, DOES NOT mean they were any less of a spiritual being.
Personally I think God loves us all. It is man (mostly men indeed) that uses God’s word to control and manipulate.
Sorry for the rant.