Monday, July 6

Tag: Scripture

The Great Commission

Christianity, Religion, Scripture, Spirituality, Theology
March 15, 2010 Terri Stewart The United Methodist Church’s mission statement is:  “"The mission of the Church is to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.[1]”  This mission for the church is primarily based off of Matthew 28:19-20 which reads:  19Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.[2]”  The common theme that runs through both my church’s mission and the widely adopted mission of Christianity is to “go and make.”  This is a peculiarly damaging reading of this scripture and it has become imbued with the Western European imperialist or colonialist mi...