Why We Dare to Dream

One of the most common criticisms we, here at Not Easily Broken Ministries, receive is that our vision is neither practical nor sustainable. It's been coming up a lot lately. And I don't think we blame anyone for that opinion. We dream of a city, and of a country, and of a world where what it means to be married has been completely redefined. It exists exclusively understood in terms of Christ's example of sacrificial love and of the principles laid out by the apostle Paul in Ephesians 5 & 6. That's a big, big dream. It's a tall order, to set what currently amounts to 7 people to the task of redefining a complex and long-historied institution that varies in its implementation around the globe.

People are busy. They have short-attention spans. Are naturally self-interested. You're never going to get even hundreds, much less thousands of people, to embrace this vision and sacrifice of their time and energy to support marriages in their community to the degree that you guys are, and you're DEFINITELY never going to get 7 billion people to re-define their understanding of what marriage is and is supposed to be, much less in terms of a religion that they don't all embrace.

And to these objections, the seven of us, Not Easily Broken's board of directors, say simply this:

CHALLENGE. ACCEPTED.

Our task is impossible, and we are perfectly fine with that, because we serve a God who specializes and revels in making the impossible a reality. In fact, 2000 years ago, he set to his followers another impossible task.

Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
— Matthew 28:16-20, NIV

Note all the caveats, permissions, loopholes, and excuses that Jesus didn't make in this passage. He didn't say go and make converts of all nations. He didn't say go and make disciples of some nations. He didn't say try your hardest but it's okay if you don't make disciples of everybody because it's the thought that counts. He could not have been more clear in his instructions. 3 parts:

  1. GO.
  2. MAKE DISCIPLES.
  3. ALL NATIONS.

Now, does this mean that I/we necessarily believe that God's kingdom on Earth is literally possible and that it is literally the church's responsibility to bring it about before the return of Christ? I don't know. Some people call that doctrine. Others call it heresy. But what I can tell you is this: I'm certainly going to work like it's literally possible, because most people only aim as high as the expectations you set for them, and most people will rise to the expectations you set. Can all nations be made disciples? Maybe not. But will we make more disciples aiming for 100% than we will aiming for anything less? ABSOLUTELY.

And that principle is why we dare to dream this dream. I don't know what God will do through Not Easily Broken Ministries in the future. None of us do. But we aim for the highest mark to which God has called us because we know that we will achieve more than if we aimed any lower. And it's important that you understand this about us, because your prayers, your volunteered time and energy, and your donations are funneled into this vision. To stand with us is to make the claim:

I choose to aim for the impossible, knowing that, in Christ, all things are possible.

Are you ready to re-define what's possible? We hope so. If you want to demonstrate your commitment to this crazy, impractical, unsustainable vision, just click one of the buttons below.

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