Date: January 29, 2023 03:24PM
> Christians prioritizing The Great Commission. Who
> would have thought it.
To me, kentish, it’s not about the great commission. It’s about the money and the ulterior motive. (Ulterior motives are exceptionally close to the top of my list of undesirable and often despicable endeavours).
As I said above, with One Hundred Million dollars, how much could one do to provide essential assistance in their everyday lives to people in need?
Going by the 30-second ad buy for $7M and the apparent plan to buy two spots, it seems like there should be a lot of $$$ left over. The video/article isn’t all that precise, now that I look at it again. If they're spending $100M they'd get more than two ads. But even $14M (for two ads) is a LOT of money for what seems to likely be little return.
Re motive, or ultimate (or non-transparent) plan: It seems like a good idea to check out who is doing the buy and their various objectives. It’s likely there *is* more to it than perhaps meets the eye because how many football fans are you going to really personally reach, especially on the day of the biggest game? Also, from the video clip, as Foreman says, it is apparently known that the proselytizing efforts come with a side helping of at least one other objective, namely a political ploy.
So in my OP I was not intending to decry the Christian emphasis on proselytizing efforts (although that’s not my favourite part of Christianity) but rather (1) a hidden agenda (I seriously dislike those); (2) the amount of money involved in a likely low-yield effort; and (3) an apparent political motivation when you drill down on it.
As we are asked not to get into partisan politics here, I didn’t emphasize that part of the discussion.
But for me it’s distasteful due to the money and the apparently political motivation. That’s what I was attempting to address, not the commission thing – other than to say, again, I am not that fond of it. Partly due to some of the aspects of it that are mentioned in the following articles:
“The Great Commission certainly motivated Protestant efforts to convert nations and peoples in Africa and Asia in the 19th century. It also fueled more recent efforts by evangelical Christians to “missionize” Catholic Latin America. Indeed, Latin America would not have become so Catholic without indigenous peoples being dominated by European imperialism and colonialism.
“Missionary efforts sometimes served economic interests relating to trade and resources as well religious ones.
Additionally, converting conquered peoples was a powerful way of extending political control.
“Converting others to Christianity raises a fundamental question about whether religious diversity is a reality to be celebrated or an obstacle to be overcome. Given the complex history of missionary activity, the meaning of the Great Commission will continue to be a subject of debate as Christianity confronts a rapidly changing world.”
“This is what is known as the Great Commission. In the original language, these words are a command. That is why we call this the Great Commission and not the Great Suggestion. And I believe that to fail to do this actually could be a sin. “A sin?” you might say. “Well, maybe we should do more, but it is not a sin if I don’t share the gospel.”
“But I think it could be, because James 4:17 says, “Therefore, to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin.” This is called the sin of omission, which is not doing what you are supposed to do.”
“I believe” and “I think it could be” are not the most persuasive Christian apologetics statements I’ve ever heard.