In all of what I said in my last post, I neglected to mention that of course Jesus himself (if we take him "literally") makes my point for me in the Great Commission itself, which says to make disciples of every nation, not converts. In other words, coming into right relationship with God- however that happens- is just the tip of the iceberg. It’s just the beginning of the story. For a wonderfully satirical take on all this, check out Russell Rathbun’s Post-Rapture Radio. Russell is one of our former pastors from House of Mercy, our church community in Minnesota from 1998-2003. One of the "writings" in the book is a series of sermons/stories (that we got to hear!) that he preached/told about the end of the world. The premise of these stories is that a "Great Commission Commission" has been established by the Contemporary Christian Church/Empire. The Great Commission Commission’s sole purpose is to insure that the gospel is finally preached to the last little corner of the globe (with discipleship and heck even conversion as something of an irrelevant afterthought), at which point they fully expect Jesus to triumphantly return- and they’ve even written a song to sing to him as he makes his way down through the clouds. Of course, this doesn’t happen (they reach their goal but he doesn’t return), and the story goes on to describe what happens next. It’s wonderful and I completely resonate with Russell’s honest, authentic take on so much of what passes for "Christianity" these days. So, for what it’s worth, I encourage you to check out his book….