What do spiders, silk and missionaries have in common?
For one missionary living in Madagascar in the late 1800’s they meant inventing a device to extract spider-silk from spiders, without hurting them. While this invention didn’t go very far (it’s hard to get enough silk to work with) it has spurred modern inventors, who have now created a 2-pound rug out of spider-silk.
One of the things that I think the church (in general) has moved away from is leading society in the areas of science, art, and thinking. Some of the greatest minds in history have been from the church. For many years the church was the repository for knowledge. It held the scholars, the educated, and the literate. Much to our shame, the church used it’s knowledge to secure it’s position in society. Which in turn held back literacy and education.
However, the church also did remarkable things.
What if the church led the way today? What if we focused on giving back to society instead of changing it? What if the church led scientific research? What if the church was tops among inventors? What if the church was the most innovative organization on the planet? What if the church made a tangible, day-to-day, impact on everyone’s life? What if the church didn’t just improve the spiritual well being, but also physical well being?
What if the church led the way?
Can you imagine the possibilities?