‘What about the lost in Africa?’

This commentator draws a lesson from Luke 13.1-9:

The passage is significant because Jesus constantly avoids letting the question get off-track; he keeps people considering their own sinful state. I am reminded of the standard question that comes up in evangelistic contexts, often to shift the subject: “What about the heathen in Africa [or some other remote area]?” This abstract question is often posed to deflect a personal confrontation with our sin and our need for God. In former days when confronted with such a question, I would wax eloquent on the evangelistic possibilities or lack of possibilities for those distant folk in need. Recently, thinking of this Lukan exchange, I have tended to quickly refocus the question by assuring the listener that God is perfectly capable of handling the needs of those distant folk, but the real question for us to discuss is what we will do with God and his call to turn to him.

via Luke 12 Commentary – Know the Time: Israel Turns Away but Blessing Still Comes – BibleGateway.com

There is an answer about the lostness of man and the condemnation that sin brings. Like the author above, however, I tend to emphasize the need of the questioner.

God has made the church responsible for telling everyone about Christ. If they’re lost without hearing the gospel, we bear responsibility for it. Let us therefore fulfill our mission with the news of salvation.

(Oh, in Brazil, the question often is asked about the natives in the depths of the Amazon jungle.)

#mission #evangelism #perdition

Joy at finding

Ed Boggess is minister with the Winchester TN church. He does a daily one-minute radio spot called “Just a Minute.” He posted this today on the church-of-Christ list at Yahoo. (I’ve invited him to do this here.)

Sometimes the best laid plans go awry. James Ng of Burton, Ohio planned to propose marriage during a hot-air balloon ride. Just as he was prepared to pop the question, the camera case which contained the 1-carat diamond slipped from his hands and fell overboard. James noted that they had just passed a river and determined to search for it. Sonya figured out what was going on, said “yes” and wore a twist tie on her finger. After seven days of thrashing through brush and brambles, James found the camera case and the diamond ring. Just as in the parable of the lost coin, there was plenty of rejoicing. That which was lost had been found. Likewise there is rejoicing in heaven over the finding of one lost soul. This is Just-A-Minute with Ed Boggess

#joy, #lostness, #perdition