We all know that the economy is tight right now. Prices are up, personal financial worth down.
John Piper took an interesting tack on his blog, Desiring God. Bad economic times, he suggests, are good for missions.
Here are some of his reasons:
- During an economic downturn we are more dependent on God. That is the most fertile soil for creating missionaries.
- During an economic downturn unreached people around the world do not expect you to come, but to look out for yourself. So they may more likely see your risk as love rather than exploitation.
- During an economic downturn those who need Christ around the world may be less secure in earthly things and more ready to hear about eternal life.
- During an economic downturn people at home may be wakened to the brevity of life and the fragility of material things, and so may become more generous not less. And when they give under these circumstances, it will make Christ look all the more like the all-satisfying Treasure that he is.
Recently I heard a speaker point out the irony of what our money states: In God we trust. Do we trust the words or the paper they're written on?