My classes this semester have hit me with some of the hardest questions I’ve ever come across. I will let you ponder them as well.
- Industries are impacted by consumers. The supply will meet the demand. Child labor and sex trafficking are both industries. What do you endorse (perhaps unintentionally)?
- What does “missions” really mean? Are the Gospel and social justice distinct?
- How do we share the gospel to survivors of sex trafficking, who have so many attachments of shame and stigma?
- Do we believe in a just world?
- What does it mean to “have church”? Are we doing church wrong? What’s the balance between sermons and service?
- Can inner growth be expressed in service? We are so “I” focused.
- What does it mean to be Christian? Have we narrowed our definition too much?
- If a part of the reintegration of the wounded includes a healing ceremony, how do we integrate that with Christianity?
- Can you love others as yourself when you don’t love yourself?
- Is there a tension between physical/mental care and spiritual care?
- In sharing the Gospel, what is your end goal? What is success to you?
- Is there a “psychology of conversion”?
- How do people heal?
- Do NGOs perpetuate trauma? Overstate it in order to get funds?
- How do you bring aid to a trauma situation without creating systemic dependency?
- At what point does a cultural value become a problem?
- Is pulling older street kids – the leaders – off the streets the best idea?
- Are human rights a biblical notion? Or have “human rights” usurped the role of Scripture?
- Why aren’t churches a safe haven emotionally and spiritually?
- What do you do when, as a missionary, you meet a Christian polygamist?
- What do you do when the closest family for an orphan is dysfunctional?
And here’s some statements to ponder as well.
- There are more children who are HIV/AIDS positive in the US than there are gay people.
- “To preach the gospel to a brothel owner, you’d probably have to risk your life.” – John Molineux