Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Playing Together is a Good Thing

Kenton Anderson writes a good blog today about the possibility of playing together. The Covenant Church is initiating a campaign to bring malaria nets to Congo children. That's a good thing. There is another initiative that collaborates with the NBA, airlines and other companies to do the same thing. Do we need to do this alone or can we get more kingdom impact working with others?
I've gotten myself in a little hot water on this topic because of our ecumenical work with World Vision the the four churches (Roman Catholic, Episcopal and Presbyterian along with Covenant) do. There was little encouragement or celebration that we worked with others because, it seemed to me, we were not contributing through Covenant World Relief.
It would be a great Covenant Companion piece or series about the ways the ECC already does collaborate with other NGOs around the world and what collaborative initiatives are on the horizon.


At 9:28 PM , Blogger Kalon L said...

This becomes a teachable moment Don. Is Jesus concerned about who gets the credit for doing good (MCC, the Evangelical Covenant Church, M4 churches, or anyone else)?, or is it enough that mercy and compassion are evidenced? Read Mark 9.38-40.

Our God is a great God and he is working in ways that far transcend what we can see or know. May we not be a hindrance.

At 9:42 AM , Blogger Isaac Johnson said...

Matthew 6:5

"And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by men. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full."

It seems Matthew 25:40 should be at the root of why we do service:
"I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me"

In other words, doing good for the less fortunate honors Christ. Doing good for credit does not.





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