“Give, and it will be given to you. They will pour into your lap a good measure — pressed down, shaken together, and running over… (Luke 6:38)
Last week, Dr. Kent Brantly—the medical missionary who contracted Ebola virus in Liberia—was released from an Atlanta hospital with a clean bill of health. Here is a portion of his remarks at the press conference held just before his departure from the hospital:
I am forever thankful to God for sparing my life and am glad for any attention my sickness has attracted for the plight of West Africa in the midst of this epidemic. Please continue to pray for Liberia and the people of West Africa, and encourage those in positions of leadership and influence to do everything possible to bring this Ebola outbreak to an end.
A famous conservative pundit, Ann Coulter, called Dr. Brantly a Christian narcissist for going to Africa to serve in medical missions when there is so much work to be done at home here in America:
If Dr. Brantly had practiced at Cedars-Sinai hospital in Los Angeles and turned one single Hollywood power-broker to Christ, he would have done more good for the entire world than anything he could accomplish in a century spent in Liberia. Ebola kills only the body; the virus of spiritual bankruptcy and moral decadence spread by so many Hollywood movies infects the world.
First of all, I’m somewhat sympathetic to Coulter’s argument. There is a romanticism in missions that causes many people to be vigilant about the plight of African children in orphanages even while they remain willfully ignorant of the millions of children being slaughtered in America through abortion. And, also, there certainly is an increasing need for domestic courage in our missionary work as the nation declines into further God-hating secularism.
But, it is ridiculous to heap scorn on a man who risked his own life for the sake of the gospel… Continue reading