A few years back, the London Observer reported that a platoon of Chinese soldiers was stationed in the middle of the Gobi Desert at a little place called Quingsha. Their only job was to keep the railroad track clear of blowing sand. No passengers travel by train along the track to Quingsha except for an occasional soldier. The only freight the railroad carried was supplies for the soldiers stationed there. The soldiers’ only orders were to maintain the railroad track, and the railroad’s only function was to supply the soldiers.
Gary L. McIntosh adds the following comment, “Sounds like some churches that have forgotten their primary mission and spend all their energy caring only for themselves.”