Recently at Moore College Mark Driscoll made a passing comment that it would be better to be single on the mission field in a closed country. I'm not sure if I agree with him, and I think his comments may have been unhelpful.
When I was in the Middle East on a short term trip 3 American missio’s were shot in the head because someone wanted to ‘cleanse’ his religion. There were many there with families, but they had a motto; “When you’re saved, anywhere is safe”. I gather it’s point was that God is powerful enough to keep you safe no matter what country you are in, so if the gospel calls you there, go! Mark’s comments may seem logical but might be a slap in the face to many of the faithful families who have taken their families to dangerous countries because of their trust in the sovereignty of God. Many in history have buried their children, but I don’t know if I’d say to them it would have been ‘better’ to be single.
Having said that, I was reflecting today how much I value what Mark Driscoll said at Moore, and agreed with almost everything he said. I also heard him speak about Fatherhood and husbandry (is that a word??) last night, and it was gold. Absolute gold.
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