Should a historian one day evaluate the major theme dominating the church during our time, would he or she not say we were preoccupied by sexuality? When I graduated from college in the early 1950s, my understanding of Mennonites’ primary mission was outreach, church planting and relief and service. Jesus gave the Great Commission “with all authority” to make disciples of all nations, baptizing them and teaching them to obey all that he taught. This gospel included ministering to all the needy in Matt. 25:31-48.
Is not repentance God’s response to the churches’ failures? Otherwise the handwriting is on the wall: more sexual talk but less gospel. Is not Jesus Christ’s commission and mandate the same? “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send laborers into the harvest field” (Matt. 9:37-38).
Until every part of the church, including higher education, feels the urgency and passion of raising up harvest workers to call disciples to Jesus Christ, will not our Lord be compelled to raise up a willing people who will obey him? May we repent and help fill God’s kingdom.
Eugene K. Souder