Quoting Quiverfull: Part 2 – Why There Are Smaller Numbers of Male Missionaries?

Quoting Quiverfull: Part 2 – Why There Are Smaller Numbers of Male Missionaries? January 12, 2017

quotingquiverfullby John Piper from Desiring God at Church Leaders.com – Why Are Women More Eager Missionaries?

Editor’s note: Seems to me that men not marrying, or delaying marriage, are perhaps not the most mature people in the first place. Perhaps that’s just the type of guy that has no business being  missionary at all. But it is wisdom not to marry or pursue serious types of activities when you’re not ready for them.

Many, it seems to me, of those single men probably avoid missions out of the same personal dynamics that keep them single. Among Christian men who do not get married, say, in their 20s and 30s, they are probably held back from that relationship of marriage by—here are my opinions—a sense of inadequacy that they could be a spiritual leader or a fear that they might be rejected as they pursue a relationship or a lack of purpose in life that would give support and meaning in a marriage relationship. Any of those hindrances to forming a long-term commitment of marriage would also explain why he may have a sense of inadequacy about missions or a fear about missions or a lack of purpose about missions.

In other words, the very things that keep a man single in his late 20s and 30s are probably the same kind of things that would keep him from pursuing a life in missions. On the other hand, single women may not feel any of those hindrances. They would happily marry a godly, mature, purposeful, mission-directed man if he came along. But they can’t make that happen without men doing their part.

QUOTING QUIVERFULL is a regular feature of NLQ – we present the actual words of noted Quiverfull leaders, cultural enforcers and those that seek to keep women submitted to men and ask our readers: What do you think? Agree? Disagree? This is the place to state your opinion. Please, let’s keep it respectful – but at the same time, we encourage readers to examine the ideas of Quiverfull and Spiritual Abuse honestly and thoughtfully.

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