Wednesday, October 13, 2010

The Ultimate Challenge for the Missionary

The cultural Christianity of America is the Kingdom of God's worst enemy. Like a flu shot, it inoculates people to the real thing.

This quote, which I received through a friend via Twitter, has sent my wheels turning. Americans are sending a bazillion missionaries overseas currently. And that isn't wrong. Lord knows those people need the Gospel. Yet, they are not the most challenging people among the lost.

Not North Korea, where Christianity is a jail sentence.

Not Iran, where Christianity is a hostage situation.

Not Somalia, where Christianity is an immediate be-heading.

No, the most difficult target is, in fact, the United States.

The US is considered one of the highest populations of Christians in the world. Between our high land mass, high population, and high rate of people who profess to know Jesus, we may even be the largest grouping in the world.

Yet, this is misleading. The very manner of which the American way of life is based has lead to our loss of the Truth. America values capitalism, money, and the self: some of the biggest enemies of God.

The focus in America of "bigger" is a problem that has drastically changed us from where we are supposed to be. The focus on self: I want money, reputation, sex and pride, is wrong. This is the opposite of what Jesus set a our example.

Jesus had everything up in Heaven- literally. Then He came to Earth and became a poor carpenter that walked every where, got sick and dirty, and was surrounded by people who didn't believe Him.

So let's do our best to start a fire here in the States: if Jesus could become the focus of biggest and baddest country on the block, those foreign lands are going to
take notice.

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1 comment:

  1. glad I could pass it along. it took me back when I saw that quote too.. especially the fact that a couple days later one of my best friends posted a note on facebook explaining why he lives the life he lives.. largely, due to his upbringing and being sheltered from the realities of this world, rather than being fed the real Word of God so that it would make an impact on His life, so that he could withstand temptation more easily. it took me a few days to respond to his note because I wanted to make sure it was well thought out, etc.,

    but thats the problem many people have.. how can the church be real? they look nothing like Christ! one of the biggest arguments FOR Christ in the first century church was to look at the church, they were living out the self-sacrificial love of Christ, despite the costs. one of the biggest arguments AGAINST the church in our time is that we're not living for Christ, but more focused on self.. such a sad and sobering reality. millions, if not billions, of people are dying while we (as the church overall) sit on our butts doing nothing about it.

    definitely a sobering thought for my own life as well.. how many times do I get caught up in the same problems? ..allowing the busyness of life to dominate, rather than allowing Christ to constantly work through me to reach others..?