In the above picture you will see a pile of stones and a measure used by a very elderly lady. She would use the stones to help weigh out the wood to be bundled and sold. Very difficult job for a very weary woman.

Equality is fairly easy for me to spell, slightly difficult to define, and extremely difficult for me to decide what it should look like lived out in my life. According to Webster (the dictionary editor not the character Emmanuel Lewis played in the 80s) equality is the quality or state of being equal. Pretty straight definition with emphasis on “quality” and “equal” the two words joined together to bring us “equality“.

Paul says in 1 Corinthians 8:13,14 For I mean not that other men be eased, and ye burdened: But by an equality, that now at this time your abundance may be a supply for their want, that their abundance also may be a supply for your want: that there may be equality:

I know I normally try to suggest answers or at least my opinion of the needed answer to questions in the life of a Pioneer Sender. With my first post since returning from India I would like offer some questions with which I am currently wrestling. I hope to find, suggest, and give opportunity to live out the answers over the next few months.

Here are some of the questions I have concerning what I saw in India based upon obedience to the above Scriptures.

  • How as a Sender can there be better equality between me and the Missionary Goer? Life in India is difficult. Life in America can be easy. Will I be eased as they are burdened?
  • As a believer in America how can there be equality in my abundance of theological resources with my fellow brothers and sisters in Christ around the world?
  • As an American citizen who has been exposed to the Gospel my entire life how can there be an equality between me and the man who is yet to hear?
  • As a member of a 1st world country with an abundance of food what will I do with the thousands of people I saw that will be going to sleep hungry every night this week.
I pray my abundance (of Gospel teaching, theological resources, financial resources) will be used to meet their need for these same things. I also pray their abundance (opportunities to share the Gospel, provide resources, and physical needs to meet) will meet my need to live a life that will advance the Kingdom of Christ and bring glory to my Savior.
As my wife so sincerely expressed, “I know I should not feel this way but sometimes I wish I could un-see what we saw in India. We cannot ignore what we know to be true!”. It is because of our lack of ability or desire to forget with wrestle with the above questions.
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