"Convert, leave or be killed." This was the ultimatum given to a Christian pastor/evangelist in the eastern state of Orissa, India. Yesterday, I shared about how easy, Western Christianity is weakening us. John Piper, in his new book Spectacular Sins: And Their Global Purpose in the Glory of Christ, makes this statement:
But the times are changing. For seventy million baby boomers, for example, life has changed. It seems very short now. What used to be a fond nostalgia for the sixties has turned into an ache that the beloved decade is now so far away that its main meaning is: we are dying. Different ages get the message in different ways.
And not only life, but the world too is shrinking. People who don’t like Christians are all around us. Only a strange providence keeps our churches from being bombed. It is only a matter of time until the reality of the rest of the world comes home. And all the while we are called by Christ to go to them, love them, sacrifice for them, bring the Gospel to them. The Great Commission is not child’s play. It is costly. Very costly.
The coddled western world will sooner or later give way to great affliction. And when it does, whose vision of God will hold? Where are Christians being prepared for great global sorrows? Where is the Christian mind and soul being prepared for the horrors to come?
Christians in the West are weakened by wimpy worldviews. And wimpy worldviews make wimpy Christians. God is weightless in our lives. He is not terrifyingly magnificent. His sovereignty is secondary (at best) to his sensitivity.
As I watch this clip recounting what had happened in Orissa, I am burdened for the brothers and sisters in Christ who suffer for their faith throughout the world, but also for the depth of our faith here in the United States as we experience "comfortable Christianity."
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