Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Dangers Where The Gospel Needs to Go

The chart below from The Economist shows responses of Muslims in various countries to questions related to law, religious liberty, and reactions to those who leave Islam.  Note the support for sharia law and the death penalty for those who "apostasize."  Clearly Islamic regions are not believers in pluralism!

Most of these countries are in the "highest need" category for the Gospel, but that means that they also present the highest cost for both the prospective proclaimers and believers.  Does this mean we do not go?

No, it does not.  It means, rather, that we must pray and ask God to make his Gospel powerful, even if it means some of us or our children lay down our lives.  The writer of Hebrews (in chapter 12) reminds his readers that they had not yet resisted evil for the Gospel to the point of shedding blood--although he seems to be indicating that this was a real possibility.  It is in this day as well.