I believe that many times we fail to understand just how much a thing’s value is determined by a thought. For example, what is the difference between a cut that comes from the surgeon’s scalpel, and one that comes from an assailant’s blade? It’s a thought. It is the difference between one whose purpose is to help, and another’s intention to hurt.
If I was in control of the world, I would require that every parent let their teen go to the nations. A mission trip has the potential to transform their life.
Obviously the most important benefit of following Christ is spiritual; salvation through faith in Jesus Christ (John 3:16). However, even those who do not accept Christ can benefit socially from the presence of authentic Christianity. This article seeks to highlight one area in which this is true.
The root of these issues is that fact that the Gospel convicts and demands repentance of sin. People do not appreciate conviction and condemnation. Churches are making attempts to remove conviction and condemnation to draw more people and meet the world’s definition of success.
In 2012, I met two Baptist pastors in Punjab, India, who told me Jesus appeared to them in a vision when they—at separate times and as Sikhs—were on their way to commit suicide. Apparently, suicide by train has become a tragic, widespread practice among men in India. In both cases, the men immediately found someone who shared the gospel with them and they placed their faith in Jesus.