I wrote an article titled “The Stuff We Export” back in November. It has come to my attention that great offense was taken by some of our readers at some of what I said. Admittedly, I included too many details about the situation I used as an example. This led to one of the individuals from the situation being identified. My intent was not to speak of this individual, and I should not have allowed this person to be so easily identified. Because of this, the article has been removed.
My foolish inclusion of too many details was, however, not what led to offense being taken. Rather, offense was taken at the following statement:
“This is the kind of behavior in which we would expect children to engage, yet it is exactly what we are exporting to young churches around the world. We do our brothers and sisters who are spread across the face of the earth an incredible disservice by exposing them to this kind of garbage. It is possible that this is all American Christianity has to offer. In which case, we should stop all exports.
Given that I have been exported, I do not believe that churches in America only have garbage to offer. However, my personal observation is that most churches in America do the opposite of what China does. Churches in America send to the mission field those who are not fit to be elders while keeping the best (I use that term loosely) at home. The stuff we export is, for the most part, garbage, and the world would be better off without it.”