Seems a bit odd doesn't it? A program run by Franklin Graham, son of Billy Graham, is removing any and all religious messages from shoeboxes destined for children around the world.
According to the Daily Mail Samaritan's Purse has banned any religious items from the boxes, including Bible stories, images of Jesus and any other religious items (though these don't make the list of other banned items on their web site, which also includes war-related toys, chocolate or food, breakables, medicine and liquids).
Some are saying it's political correctness to the extreme.
But I say its sharing the Gospel in a tangeable way.Kevin at CMS says:
it's part of making sure the message gets through. They need to respect local cultures where the boxes will be distributed--which are often primarily Muslim. Giving a Jesus doll to a Muslim boy could cause problems on the scale of a certain cartoon that caused worldwide riots. Samaritan's Purse hopes the simple act of giving will speak for itself, followed up by the ongoing interaction with the organization. The idea is that there will be other, better avenues to spread its message, so they voluntariy opt not to put the message in the shoeboxes. Instead the shoebox itself is the message.I think this is a good reminder that sometimes people need their physical needs met before they'll be willing to listen to you tell them about their spiritual needs.
So is it political correctness gone amuck? (Seriously? Since when was Franklin Graham politically correct?) Or is it a good example of carefully considering when and how to communicate the gospel?
After being in Nigeria for two weeks I can see both sides of it.
I can see people being turned off by anything that’s Christian and thinking you’re shoving it down their throat.
I’m sure its from previous experiences that led them to their decision.
I would hate to know a young child’s toys or whatever was taken away because their parents saw something about Jesus in it.
The parents may be very strict and look at it as, “Oh here come the Christians trying to convert us again.”
When people see you genuinely care about them without always trying to convert them I think it means much more.
How does this play into our daily lives?