I've heard much about Thailand from missionaries over the years. However, on a recent visit one question kept surfacing: After all the people, money and years, why is the Christian mission here so small?
They didn't arrive in the service of any divine calling, but the truth of their surroundings spoke to their troubled hearts. A short-term, 12-month mission assignment as dorm parents for a Kenyan boarding school turned this ordinary man into the most unlikely internationally recognized hero.
Christians can stop worrying about the symbols of the decline of Christian America and get back to the mission Jesus gave us to show the world a different way to live -- a way that demonstrates the great character of God.
The Christian faith is in decline in Europe and is pretty much stagnant in the United States. The great churches in Europe are mostly empty, and the number of people respond "None" when asked about a religious commitment in the United States is growing.
When it comes to America's Indigenous peoples, Christianity has done much wrong. At no time should anyone have been making decisions for people in sovereign aboriginal nations. Likewise, Indigenous followers of the Jesus Way should not be presumed upon by saying they have all been brainwashed.
More than 20 journalists and 36 lawyers have been murdered in the past three years. Yet more than 1 million individuals from across the U.S. travel here each summer on a mission trip. With so much good will happening, why haven't crime rates decreased?
When those who have so little do their faith by providing for those who have even less; those of us privileged by class should be profoundly humbled. It is the privileged who see the oppressed and do nothing that are the ones that do not know God.