In More Than Spectators, Paul W. Downey makes several poignant statements about a Christian’s support of missions. He lays out his thoughts in a section titled “What those who do not give to missions really believe” (pp. 118-120). Consider his main points:
- If you are not giving regularly and generously to the support of missions, you may be indicating by your actions that you believe that people do not need to hear the Gospel to be saved.
- Or perhaps your failure to give to mission reveals that you believe that God’s resources are limited.
- But if people must hear, and God’s resources are unlimited, and you still don’t have the resources to give, it must be God’s fault. Maybe God does not want to provide for world evangelism.
- Many … see no connection of these truths to themselves. Their position is theologically orthodox, but they have concluded, “God does not expect me to use what He gave me to benefit others.”
- Yet some are still fearful. Recognizing their own responsibility to give, they are reluctant to commit to missions funds they expect to need themselves. They are saying, in effect, that if I commit what I have, God cannot supply what I need.