Saint Francis of Assisi said, "Preach the gospel at all times. If necessary, use words." The reasoning is simple: Actions speak louder than words.
Accomplishing two things at once is said to be "killing two birds with one stone."
I just read something that does both. Kevin Ezell is president of the North American Mission Board and posted this on April 7, 2011: http://www.namb.net/nambblog1.aspx?id=8589998605&blogid=8589939695
Making budget cuts is hard enough but neither could not have been easy downsizing the staff that serves the country's largest evangelical denomination in the area of evangelism and missions for Canada and the United States. Undoubtedly, he has and will continue to receive criticism for such a move. I think the bottom line of "allowing us to put $9 million extra on the field for church planting this year" with the hope "it will be $15 million" next year shows where the priorities are and may his kind increase!
Speaking of "may his kind increase" and considering our nation's current economic disaster, I am convinced that a secondary effect, even if unintentional, is the example it sets for those entrusted with power to lead our country. What if they, too, drastically cut the administrative costs in order to put money out their where it is most needed? If they did, we surely would not be in the mess we are in.
I am in danger of beginning a rant that would surely sound political so I will stop here.
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