This time we wanted to get a better grill that would last a bit longer. So we did some “grill research”. Here is what we found out.
1. The grills we had owned were cheaply made. They had a lot of features, but they were made with flimsy materials. This is why they did not last very long.
2. They were all made in China.
3. Lowes Hardware quit carrying our last grill because it had a major flaw…. it would blow up on people. (we were lucky it never happened to us! We grill 4 to 8 times a week!)
4. We needed to stay away from cheep grills that were made in China. So we started looking for something made in the USA.
Have you ever looked for products that are made in the USA? They’re scarcer than a politician who understands budgeting.
It seems we import everything. Toys, glass ware, plates, stoves, computers, cars, lights, tires, clothes, etc… most of these items are made somewhere else. It seems like the industrial revolution has been reversed here (a de-revolution) and has moved to another country.
We even import our food… the food we used to raise.
I think we need to go back to making things at home…. growing things at home.
My question is… has the church fallen into this trap when it comes to missions? Has the church stopped growing at home because it is more concerned with sending missionaries and taking trips to foreign countries?
Now don’t take me wrong… I am not speaking against foreign missionaries and their work. I have plenty of good friends that have outstanding ministries across the globe and I am in support of taking the gospel to the nations because Jesus said to do just that.
Jesus however also told us to take the gospel to our neighbor, to our neighborhoods, the ones that live beside us ( and the church).
Are we going there?
taking the church to the community….
where we live.
Yes…there is a harvest field that is ripe right here, right now, across the street, and on each side of us. You do not have to fly across the world to find someone who needs Christ. They are right beside us… day by day.
We need to make sure our church is “growing at home”.
We need to make sure our church is a force for missions….
in our backyard.