I couldn’t agree more with the strategic points of Courtney Ray’s credible conscientious patience.
As messengers of God’s Last Day Message to the world, the SDA Church has never excluded Missionaries from utilizing the native language to reach out & teach others about the love & mercy of the Savior—Jesus Christ. At my last check, neither have we eliminated the color variations from the learned kindergarten song, ‘…red & yellow, black & white, all are precious in His sight, Jesus loves the little children of the world.’
If we suddenly have a desire to mettle— in changing the strategy of our mission service because we don’t realistically understand how to be of service ministering to other cultures, are we in danger of excluding others? This so describes both the racial & religious mindset of the Jewish Leadership in Christ’s day; anyone not Jewish was racially excluded, period.
If I’m not a mechanic, I have no business trying to instruct one how to properly fix a broken engine. If I’m not specifically trained in a speciality, what authority do I draw from if my own household refuses to listen & daily runs amuck?
Although in todays world we are capable of ‘Googling’ nearly any sort of symptom— yet, this ability doesn’t provide me a degree nor wisdom to diagnose my neighbors ailments effectively as a Medical Doctor. If we are not trained in any given specific service, we should learn to stay in our lanes of practice, no matter how much an expert we may believe we are.
Christ gave His last Biblical Command to His 12 disciples & those following the call of Holy Spirits to take the appeal of God’s love & mercy— “Unto all the world.” If we feel compelled to change His Great Commission now, when Christ’s coming is now so much sooner… who is behind the change in the command?
If today we feel compelled to change Christ’s Command, perhaps we feel our heritage is in danger; but then, doesn’t every single heritage perhaps feel the same tempting fate? So were is our safe zone?
Learning from the teachings of Jesus— our Lord and Savior, we can wisely use His path as a guide to His Will.
John the Beloved disciple reminds us of Christ’s love: “If we confess our sins, He is faithful & just to forgive us our sins, and cleanse us of all unrighteousness" 1 John 1:9.
If we sincerely plead to Christ Himself, He will reveal Himself to us. By asking Him to enter our heart to abide, He will send His Spirit to teach us His Will. As little children sitting at His feet (not following our own pre-conceived notions); learning directly from the Spirit of His Will— will become evident to others, as He begins to change our characters from within—into His likeness.