Thursday, March 21, 2013
Something Clicked at Church Last Night
I went to a class last night and toward the end of the evening a gentleman said the following:
"At the end of the civil war, Methodists outnumbered Baptists eight to one. But then something happened that changed that: the Baptists became known for having the audacity to ride up to your doorstep on horseback and invite you to visit their congregation."
And the rest was history. I imagine that the South is predominantly Southern Baptist.
I immediately connected this with something I'd been noticing in my neighborhood: I always see throngs of Mormons in the library. I've talked with them and they are mostly young men performing their obligatory period of missionary service for the Mormon church. The Mormon church pays for them to have an apartment nearby about a mile from the local Mormon church. The local Morman church, by the way, has a satellite dish in the back which I presume they use to coordinate with the head church in Utah.
I can only assume they are extremely successful in their outreach efforts because each Sunday the parking lot at the local Mormon church is PACKED.
I think G-d has surrounded me with Mormons to put me to shame.
We need to take our faith door to door. And our movement needs a plan for congregation-planting. We need to get organized. If no one else has such a plan then I'm going to create one (even though I know nothing about this sort of thing). But I figure if going door-to-door works for the spread of a lie (e.g. Mormonism) then how much more should it work for the spread of the truth? Are we going to get serious about the Great Commission or not? This isn't a Messianic Judaism thing. This is about spreading the Gospel--the Good News. That's the primary goal. The secondary goal is to share the a pro-Israel and pro-Judaic culture.
Pray that G-d will send me an ally in Richmond, VA. I need another like-minded individual, someone who will go out and knock on some doors with me.
Posted by Peter at 1:26 PM