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The Myopic Evangelical Church


What a sad message. Sad because it’s true. 

In 1994, in the space of about 100 days, anywhere from 500,000 to 1,000,000 people were slaughtered in Rwanda, Africa. Most Americans do not know that nor do they really care. The genocide went on without much of an interest here in America. The human devastation was almost unfathomable. Mothers, fathers, and children died mercilessly. It is too bad they did not have oil or were in America’s national interest. Had they been white Europeans things may have been somewhat different.

And during this time we could assume the evangelical churches in America were at least fasting and praying in desperation? No, that would be massively inaccurate. So just what were the churches actually doing while such bloodshed raged? They were playing a game they so often like to play. Three Blind Mice.

This raises a profound question for all who confess Jesus as Lord. Are we to live with a vision for mankind that begins and ends in our national locale, or are we called to see the humanity without race, without social status, and without national citizenship? In short, are we called to care about all people around the world or are our interests primarily, or even exclusively, where we live?

Soon after the Day of Pentecost when the Holy Spirit came to seal and empower the first believers, the gospel went out into all the world. To have all the different Jews from all over the world in Jerusalem for the feast of Pentecost was a setting orchestrated by the Spirit of God. And when thousands believed on Jesus and were filled with the Spirit they went with Christ in their hearts and lives to the far flung corners of the world. And things of the Spirit began to happen at an amazing pace. The gospel bore fruit in almost unbelievable numbers and power until the rulers of this world became very nervous. No one seems nervous today.

And how did these new believers know to be concerned with brothers and sisters in Christ all over the world?

Continued at Judah’s Lion

2 comments on “The Myopic Evangelical Church

  1. I have never really been able to quite figure this out. It definitely has some sort of racial aspect because a lot of evangelicals knew about the problems in South Africa back in the day and a lot of them were strangely supportive of the aparthied government in place at the time. I confess to my shame that I was one of them. That saga occured at the tail end of the panic over communism and it carried over to some degree in the mindset that African blacks in general could be assumed to be dangerous political radicals of the leftist variety. So, along with the underlying racial aspect, there is also a very overt political aspect involved and the two were, in some ways, tied together. At the point the aparthied regime in South Africa was extinguished, for many American evangelicals it was as if the lights had gone out in Africa and, other than a fair amout of missionary effort, there was little interest on the political side. For all intents and purposes it was generally assumed that African meant either communist or Islamist and politically, Africa was just written off. So while a lot of evangelicals were more aware of everything from Uganda to Rwanda than we might think, their mentality more or less was that nothing could or should be done about it because those people were, in a sense, getting what they deserved because of the political and religious paths they had chosen. And these days nothing in the world really gets American evangelicals stirred up unless it fits in with their right wing political mindset. I have a real question in my mind as to whether American evangelicals are so fired up in their support of persecuted Christians in Iran is because they are brothers in need of our help OR because they are are seen as capitalist sympathizers on the frontlines in the fight against the Islamists. Sadly when American evangelicals DO rise to the occasion, there always seems to be some sort of political angle involved that fits their political agenda. Make no mistake about it, I believe as Christians we should be supported the persecuted Christians in Iran. It is just that I also beleive we should be just as supportive of suffering Christians everywhere in the world, not just in situations where their is a “compelling” political angle.

    • Sadly when American evangelicals DO rise to the occasion, there always seems to be some sort of political angle involved that fits their political agenda.

      George, you’re right.

      What i refer to as Political Christianity (which i don’t think is biblical Christianity at all) has spread it’s poison through-out all aspects of the Church in the west. Taking up the cause for one group, while completely turning a blind eye to others, is one of the results of this unholy marriage of politics with the Church of Jesus Christ.

      I recall reading a number of books concerning the missionary work done by early Protestants in Africa. Entire families devoted their lives to moving to different parts of the Continent in order to build relationships (life-long relationships) in order to reach souls by the preaching and teaching of the Gospel. Some of these people were only seed planters, never living long enough to see the fruit of their labor. Nevertheless they went and sowed the seeds of the Gospel of Christ.

      I believe we can say with confidence, politics was never an issue to these pioneers.

      Make no mistake about it, I believe as Christians we should be supported the persecuted Christians in Iran. It is just that I also beleive we should be just as supportive of suffering Christians everywhere in the world, not just in situations where their is a “compelling” political angle.

      Amen George.

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