Sunday, February 09, 2014

A Sad Reality

The following is an excerpt from K. P. Yohannan's Revolution in World Missions:

...the United States has about 5,000 Christian book and gift stores, carrying varieties of products beyond the ability to imagine--and many secular stores also carry religious books. All this while 4,845 of the world's 6,912 languages are still without a single portion of the Bible published in their own language. In his book My Billion Bible Dream, Rochunga Pudaite says, "Eighty-five percent of Bibles printed today are in English for the nine percent of the world who read English. Eighty percent of the world's people have never owned a Bible while Americans have an average of four in every household."
   Besides books, 8,000 Christian magazines and newspapers flourish. More than 1,600 Christian radio stations broadcast the Gospel full-time, while many countries don't even have their first Christian radio station. A tiny 0.1 percent of all Christian radio and television programming is directed toward the unevangelized world.
   The saddest observation is that most of the religious communication activity of the Western world is this: little, if any, of this media is designed to reach unbelievers. Almost all is entertainment for the saints.
   The United States, with its 600,000 congregations or groups is blessed with 1.5 million full-time Christian workers, or one full-time religious leader for every 182 people in the nation. What a difference this is from the rest of the world, where more than 2 billion people are still unreached with the Gospel. The unreached or "hidden people" have only one missionary working for every 78,000 people, and there are still 1,240 distinct cultural groups in the world without a single church among them to preach the gospel. These are the masses for whom Christ wept a died.

This is a sad reality for Christians today. While I believe that it is wonderful that America is allowed this much freedom in their Christian life, how many of us take for granted how blessed we really are?
Christ shed his blood and gave His life for the entire world, and so many people are being withheld from the truth--the only truth that has the power to save the lost in Christ.
America has been blessed far more abundantly than any other country there is. But God did not shower such great blessing on this nation for the Christians to live in extravagance, self-indulgence and spiritual weakness.

I commend those who were willing to take a stand and risk their own lives to preach God's Word. Many have been tortured to the death for spreading the Word of Christ. And missionaries are continuing to do it today.
Although many of us will never get the opportunity to preach the Gospel to people in other countries, you should ask yourself: how can I make a difference? How can I support ministry to other countries even though I am not capable of being present there myself? As Christians, it is our calling to take a stand for Christ. We should not be silent, but be willing to sacrifice for Christ as He so lovingly sacrificed His own life so we could be saved.

"Yea, so have I strived to preach the gospel, not where Christ was named, 
lest I should build upon another man's foundation."
Romans 15:20

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