Followup: So after my disheartened survey of the world, (yesterday's email) what do I think we should be about as Christians? First, recognize we are all failed sinners, now redeemed. (If Paul was chiefest, as he claimed, we step in next!) Then be doing all the good-deed stuff certainly: feeding the hungry, healing the sick, visiting the prisoners. Not being concerned about what we'll eat or drink, or what tomorrow will bring. After all, we are working in a harvest field, the field is ripe, and that's where we should be concentrating our efforts. And 'harvesting' is not necessarily taking an offering! Jesus last command was to go into all the world and preach the Good News to every creature. He didn't say "Spread democracy." Nor "Establish free market economies." Nor "Protect our oil interests." He said nothing about reforming human governments—the 'Principalities and Powers. No "Kick out Caesar". No "Put prayer back in the public schools." Nothing about WMDs or illegal immigrants or where borders should be drawn. He did say "Love your enemies." "Do good to those who persecute you and despitefully use you." He said, "Buy a sword." But then He said, "Put it away." If we were about all the things He told us to do, the Christian 'loaf' in America and everywhere else would be rising. We'd be the leaven. Would Christians have tough times? Sure. We'd be persecuted. Scorned. Have our failures thrown up to us. Laughed at. Put to death. Follow the Leader!