Category: Missions

The Black Eyed Peas – #WHERESTHELOVE ft. The World

People killing, people dying
Children hurt and you hear them crying
Can you practice what you preach?
Or would you turn the other cheek?
Father (x3) help us
Send some guidance from above
These people got me, got me questioning
Where is the love?

This chorus from a song by the Black Eyed Peas in 2003 encapsulates both the state of the world as well as the burning questions on many hearts. Why do we live in such a broken and messed-up world? Why can’t people just love one another? After all, “all you need is love,” isn’t it?

Unfortunately, or sadly, no. God’s word teaches us that mankind, because of our sinful nature, continually chooses to disobey and reject God. They, instead, worship creation rather than the Creator God. It is not finite human love that is the answer to the world’s problems.

God provided the only solution through His Son, Jesus Christ, and what He has done for the world by dying on the cross and being raised from the dead. For Christians, Paul exhorts us not to be ashamed of the gospel, as “it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes.” (Rom. 1.16) What the world needs, and has always needed is love, the love of God, which alone will lead us to repentance and salvation through Jesus Christ, our Saviour and Lord.


Missions Catalyst has published an interesting first-person “letter” from a/an (unmobilized) pastor.
In summary, here’s how to be sure we never mobilize our pastors for missions:

  1. Present all your requests as though they were crises
  2. Use jargon that I should probably know, but don’t
  3. By all means, go to my wife if you’re disappointed in how I’m responding to your requests
  4. Give me books I don’t ask for, the context for which I lack, and the content I’m not interested in
  5. Leave me out of the process
  6. Don’t pray for me, just give me more work to do
  7. Inundate me with information, but don’t ask me questions
  8. Don’t serve what we’re currently doing; just tell me how our church isn’t doing all it could
  9. Ask me if your missionary friend can speak to whole church
  10. Ask me to go with you on a 3-week-trip to the craziest parts of the world
  11. When you email me about the cool thing you’d like us to invest in, be sure to bad-mouth 8 other similar things
  12. Tell me missions is what’s really on the heart of God

A Short History of Student Missions from Citygate Films on Vimeo.

Produced for the CROSS conference, narrated by John Piper.

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