If space tourism became affordable, would you do it? Where would you go?
Unfortunately, you’re unlikely to find any Plomeek Soup or Gagh in your local grocery store (some people have no respect for Klingon cuisine!). So, we recommend going with a more basic space theme for the snacks. Blue Gatorade looks vaguely galactic. Add some star sprinkles (or regular sprinkles) to a Jell-O mix and serve up a big bowl of asteroids (popcorn).
“We face a humanity that is too precious to neglect. We know a remedy for the ills of the world too wonderful to withhold. We have a Christ who is too glorious to hide. We have an adventure that is too thrilling to miss.” –G.P. Howard
The overall effect of cross-cultural missions has been to propagate Western values and foreign versions of Christianity at the expense of local cultures.
In some secular circles, and even among some believers, world missions is associated with a legacy of imperialism, oppression, and discrimination. Without doubt, terrible things have been done in the name of missions. However, the idea that missions has been—and still is—predominantly destructive rests on faulty assumptions (cultures should be preserved exactly as they are, missionaries are the dominant force of change, Christianity is a Western construct, missionary influence has been primarily destructive, etc.). The gospel is good news for all people in all cultures with no exceptions. When we evaluate the impact of missions on the world, we must distinguish between the core message and the irresponsible, clumsy, and ethnocentric ways it has sometimes been carried out. Let’s acknowledge the mistakes of the past and strive to learn from them, but let’s not allow a negative perception of missions to diminish our enthusiasm for our God-given task.
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