It caused me to consider the question, "Are we individually guilty as well?"
"Never before in history has Christianity been challenged as it is today. We say Christ is the solution to the world problems, then why haven’t we taken Christ to the world? Christians have been smug and complacent in their belief that America deserves all our Christian effort, or at least the bulk of it. Today the so-called church suffers because it has failed to share with the world the knowledge of a risen Christ. Christ died to save the world; we work mostly to reach and save America. We, who know the Gospel, are not passing it on; the unevangelized population of the world becomes greater in spite of combined missionary effort.
"Our failure to obey the command to go and preach to all the world has backfired in the form of a war. We pray ‘God bless America,’ but God has already blessed America so America could bless the world. We became rich and selfish because of our blessing. We brought the world our products, but we did not bring our Christ. What is the use of praying if we do not intend to obey? The command of Christ is ‘Go ye into all the world and preach the Gospel’ (Mark 16:15). Christ is the solution, but Christ has never been accessible to a world that dies without a knowledge of His saving power."
Quite a timely article, isn’t it? Yet it wasn’t written with the War on Terrorism in mind. Nor did it have the 21st century Church in America in view despite its accurate description of it.
No, this article was penned as the introduction to New Tribes Mission’s first magazine, Brown GOLD. The date? May, 1943!
How sad that more than 60 years have passed since this article first appeared & what it says is still just as true today as it was then. May the Lord forgive us for our failure to take His Gospel to the whole world.