Archive for September 25, 2007

“Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.  Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.””  Matthew 28: 18-20 

This is the COMMAND that Christ gave to us before his cruxifiction and resurrection. This is the foundation of The Great Commission. 

I believe that when Jesus gave us this command, it set forth the expectation that Christ has for his church.  I don’t think it was a “suggestion”.

However, since returning from our second trip to Brazil for the Gospel for Brazil, I get the impression that many churches and Christians today either:

A.  Don’t believe this truth

B.  Believe it is the responsibility of the Christian sitting beside them or the church down the street but not their responsibility

C. Have never heard of The Great Commission or haven’t read this passage of verses

D. Or just doesn’t care

After speaking with numerous individuals concerning the Gospel for Brazil and the importance of the church and Christians being mission-driven to reach lost souls, I would have to say the answers are A and D.  If you believe it, then you know you have a responsibility. 

Don’t get me wrong. There are those I’ve spoken with that are seriously praying about going with us to Brazil and also becoming involved financially.  There are others that are passionately involved already in missions around the world but they are in the minority.  The majority of people that I discuss The Great Commission with have one of three reactions: they suddenly act like a deer caught in the headlights or they smile a “isn’t that special” kind of smile while looking past you or at their watches or they immediately go on a “why I can’t go” on a mission trip to the moon (I’ve found the moon and Brazil to be one and the same place) spill. 

Spiders seem to be a major deterrent and obstacle. They can be rather frightening.  I am certain that the very large tarantula I took a photo of in Ubauna verbally threatened me and my family with a horrible death if we didn’t immediately leave the country, and take our “weak-minded, pie-in-the-sky faith” with us.  I think God should just kill them all so we can move past this excuse… sorry, I’m getting side-tracked.  I’ll jump off my soap-box and continue.

So, I want to pose two questions:

1.  Is Missions an Option?

2. And what is the role of the United States in fulfilling The Great Commission, if any?

Let’s look at the first. To answer this question, please reread Bible verses at beginning.  PAUSE TO ALLOW TIME FOR REREADING………..Okay, now we know the answer to question #1, NO!  Missions IS NOT AN OPTION! This is BIBLICALLY clear.

Moving on to question #2.

To answer this question, I would like to examine a book entitled, Revolution in World Missions by K.P. Yohannan.  This will be done in parts:

“The United States is the only nation in the world founded by believers in Christ who made a covenant with God – dedicating a new nation to God.”

I want us all to read this and reread this, pondering this statement. I believe this is the first step in being able to answer the second question. 

Over the next couple of weeks we will continue addressing our role/s, as Americans, in fulfilling The Great Commission.

Note:  I understand that reaching lost souls includes being a missionary in your own neighborhood, community, state and country.  This is also vital.  We must not overlook the lost souls here in the U.S. while reaching the lost in other countries.  However, we are a blessed country that affords it’s unbelievers numerous opportunities to hear about Christ and come to salvation that most countries will never have.