Tuesday, May 20, 2014

The Need is Great...

The need is so great.  The Western church by many accounts is on the decline-Europe is spiritually dead, and so much American Christianity is wrestling with true Biblical Christianity.  And yet, droves of people are coming to Christ in the global south, and yet there is very little theological training.  The West, for now, has most of the theological resources.  Many missiologists envision that in the near future, the global south will be a major, if not the major force of Christianity in the world.  And now, right now, we in America have so many resources we could use.  Money.  Theological Training.  Ive got more solid commentaries, and study materials on my shelves that many Ugandan cities do put together.  How will we respond?

Yesterday, I sat with Robert, a Ugandan who teaches at the school where we are for these two weeks.  He was sharing his heart about the Ugandan church.  It is estimated that close to 89 percent of Uganda is considered Christian, and yet, as he says, you cant leave your posessions out without them being stolen, churches look nothing like the New Testament, leaders have no biblical depth, (most of these are his ideas vs. simply my observations).  Have we contented ourselves with the idea of reaching the unreached, but not staying long enough to teach and disciple them?  Robert would tell you missionaries should stay to teach...

Every year I come, I see the need, and I am thankful at how I see students being trained.  Students becoming critical of false teachers they hear all over Ugandan radio that promise material prosperity, or those that offer listeners the abilitty to buy special oil for a blessing.  Instead, they are being captured by a Christ-Centered view of the church, the gospel and the Word, and are making sacrifices, often times much more than most Americans, to share this knowledge.

"Why do you go to Uganda Ryan when it is close to 90 percent Christian?"  Answer: statistics on a page never account for an extreme lack of true discipleship and teaching...discipleship and teaching in a place that could be the center of Christianity one to two generations from now...