Isn’t it a bit presumptuous to think that we can disrupt people’s beliefs, beliefs that they have held for generations just to tell them that they are wrong and should accept my religion over theirs? Can’t God accept people for being as sincere as they can be in their own faith (or none faith)? For that matter, hasn’t the white man’s push – the colonial experiment – proven that the western idea of Christianity has caused more harm than good? Does God really care about missions or is it more that the church is simply looking to add converts to fill the roster?
The question “Does God Really Care About…?” Can be asked another way. “Why does God Care whether we Obey Him or Not?” That is really the underlying question. The short answer is that obedience to God proves our love for him, demonstrates our faithfulness to him, glorifies him in the world, and opens avenues of blessing for us. If our faith is genuine and true, we will live a lifestyle characterized by righteousness, modeling the example set for us by Jesus Christ. We obey his commands, not because we have to, but because we want to, because we love him. We are enabled to obey because, once we believe in Christ and are saved, we are remade. We are not the same people we once were.