I think the church needs to struggle with how to do gleaning in a non-agricultural society. I am from Florida and we have a good example. I minister within the mentally challenged community, and a grocery store chain here called Publix is great at hiring people with disabilities. Publix was started by a Christian and was hiring people with special needs long before the current push to do so.
While the article’s examples inspire, I wondered if anyone got saved as a result of “gleaning.” Many of those who need to “glean” desperately need the message of eternal salvation now. Wasn’t their salvation a burden of anyone involved in gleaning? On the contrary, the article offered without critique the notion that some employers “still insist that this work requires a neutral approach to spirituality.” The issues of justice and reconciliation should receive Christian attention, but transparency, clarity, and gospel priority should mark these discussions. I hope CT will revisit this important subject.
Mary may be a place to begin a conversation, but we must understand the clear distinctions [between Islam and Christianity] from the start and unapologetically present the gospel without minimizing the differences. The Holy Spirit will take and use the preaching of the simple but necessary truths of the Bible and apply them to the hearts of any who are open to Jesus. Too often, these “common ground” approaches never get to the heart of the issue: the Jesus of the Bible, the one and only unique and eternal son of God. Get off of Mary or any other side issue as quickly as possible and present Jesus who died for our sins and for the ...1
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