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So why does that point give Ann the right to accuse the missionary of self-glorification? Do you think he was aware they would spend $2 mil to bring him back and signed for it - whoever chose to spend the money was after the fact - he was already doing missionary work and funded by whatever organization he is involved with.
Right! Chilling reminder :(
Christ is however always first and if a husband/wife/family are called to the mission field, they are called to the mission field. Good acrostic - JOY (Jesus, others, yourself last)
I agree totally - many in these "hellholes" have never heard the name of Christ, whereas we definitely have access here.
I believe Judas was more concerned about the cost as well in a similar situation.
Good point Bob - I agree that if she knew missionary doctors and/or missionaries personally, she would not be making such an absurd claim.
We are discussing an opinion piece by Ann, since when is that "hard truth" - truth to you and Ann? Obviously, a lot of people disagree with her "opinion". And you are right, Christians are vilified, especially by liberals and the media, so it does not help when Ann slams fellow Christians for what they are called to do. Glad for you that you agree with her "opinion" but hard truth is - it is an "opinion".
Right, I am a little concerned as well as I have disagreed with a lot of her columns lately, those you mention - picking fights with those that are on her side. I love her humor and of course want her to give her honest opinion, but she should realize that not all of her supporters will agree with her 100% of the time, especially when she decides to discuss someone's motives in relation to faith.
I do not agree with "vicious attacks" but Ann dishes out a lot of "attacks" on people in her articles regularly, in an effort to make her point with humor. It is ironic so many disagreed with her and maybe did not choose the best way to disagree but I bet the emotions were high as many Christians know the sacrifices of serving in other countries so when she accused the doctor of doing his work for the heroic recognition alone hence that is why he went to Liberia, she had some "attacks" and accusations herself, as she does in this article about the various commenters that disagreed with her - trying to demean them (I also know of Russell Moore who is a well respected man). I think if she is willing to say some of the crude things she says to make her point, she can handle some criticism as well.
The reason it is missing is because he explains the doctors and international missionaries are not just their to for humanitarian efforts but to spread the gospel. His disagreement with Ann related to not the humanitarian side but the spreading of the gospel by these missionaries, who she lumped in a group saying they do it as a form of "heroics".
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