Is It Reasonable To Criticize Missionary Doctors?

ErinMeierIf you are anything approaching a traditional Christian these days, I’d bet that you are feeling, if not exactly persecuted, put upon may be the nicest way to say it. We have a lot of very noisy evangelical atheists around, don’t we? Well, I have a question for them, why aren’t your atheist buddies out there in the field, as volunteers, doing their best for all those people dying from the Ebola virus? I’d ask the same question of the Muslims, cause I haven’t heard of them doing any relief work either. This is excerpted from The Federalist by

In his wandering, disjointed article at Slate, Brian Palmer meant to convey his distrust of Christian missionaries who provide medical care, particularly those serving where Ebola is ravaging the population. Instead, he became another in a long line of critics unintentionally complimenting followers of Christ.

Reports are that the Twitterverse wasn’t very kind to him. I can’t say I feel very sorry for him, there entirely too much talk about this epidemic and not nearly enough help for it. Yesterday we wrote about what Firestone is doing on their rubber plantation in Liberia. As always it is American corporations, and (mostly) American Christian missionaries carrying the load.

Yet, if you look closer at Palmer’s piece, it is exactly what we should expect from a secular atheist trying to reconcile a sight of Christians loving others sacrificially. In speaking of a comparison between those seeking to export American consumerism versus missionaries spreading their faith, he writes:

There’s one other big difference between missionaries and Western merchants: The missionaries don’t profit personally from their work. They are compensated very poorly, if at all. Many risk their lives. How many people would risk death to spread the gospel of Western consumer goods gratis?

So? Where are they? These folks aren’t going to by your crap if they’re dead, after all. Get out there.

Such has been the conundrum in which those opposing Christianity have long found themselves. Followers of Christ often go into the hardest places where others frequently flee. When a pandemic swept through the Roman Empire around the year 250, government leaders fled to stay safe. But Christian leaders like Cyprian and Dionysius stayed to serve the poor and sick. In the years after the third-century plague, Christianity exploded across the empire. People saw how followers of Jesus responded, which led to more and more individuals choosing to follow Christ. When the Ebola outbreak has been contained and others finally consider it safe to return to Liberia and Sierra Leone, they may find the same.

I also note that:

[…]Pliny the Younger, a second-century Roman governor, and Julian the Apostate, the fourth-century Roman emperor.

In Palmer’s piece, you can particularly hear the echoes of Julian, who bemoaned the acts of charity displayed by Christians, not just for towards their own, but for all those in need. In a letter to a pagan priest, Julian wrote: “For it is disgraceful that, when no Jew ever has to beg, and the impious Galilaeans support not only their own poor but ours as well, all men see that our people lack aid from us.”

Read the whole article at Is It Fair To Criticize Missionary Doctors?.

I also note that Julian was the last pagan Emperor, which is rather interesting.

And that is an interesting point as well. Christianity spread long before Mohammed was born, from Ireland to China’s Pacific coast, and well into Africa, not by using the sword, as Islam did, but by caring for the least of us, as it still does.

And that’s the thing, I think. Christians and Americans (and a fair number of Europeans, as well) are always willing to take a risk, and try to help others. It’s called the ‘religion of life’ for a reason. The others are simply religions of death and chaos.

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4 Responses to Is It Reasonable To Criticize Missionary Doctors?

  1. the unit says:

    No but when do progressives follow reasonable anything?

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    • NEO says:

      Very true, dat, Unit!

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      • the unit says:

        My old Navy CO, a Captain, said in mid ’60’s at beginning of Viet Nam…”We get the green weenie.” That was at the end of his service of 20+ years. He saw things we realize now.

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        • NEO says:

          He did indeed, and yes, we do.

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