The problem is not that some people are unevangelized (e.g. have not yet heard the Gospel).

There will always be “unevangelized individuals.” New people are being born every minute, and they have to hear the Gospel at some point. A brand new infant is “unevangelized.”

The problem is the lack of connection between Christians and most unevangelized individuals.

“The Church exists for nothing else but to draw men into Christ, to make them little Christs. If they are not doing that, all the cathedrals, clergy, missions, sermons, even the Bible itself, are simply a waste of time. God became Man for no other purpose.” – C.S. Lewis

See another post I stole from Justin Long here! Unreached Is Not Unevangelized Is Not Unengaged.

Every year, 45 million people are born in Christian homes, but 90 million are born in non-Christian homes.

Those 90 million will grow up unevangelized unless they know a Christian. And unfortunately, most Christians only know Christians.

86% of all Muslims, Hindus and Buddhists do not know a Christian (Christianity in Global Context, CSGC, p. 78) because most Christians refuse to go to places where Muslims, Hindus and Buddhists live, and when they start moving into our countries, we start considering immigration controls.

“If in the sight of God you cannot say you are sure that you have a special call to stay at home, why are you disobeying the Saviour’s plain command to go?” – J. Hudson Taylor, 1832-1905, missionary to China

Rather than going into all the world, we labor to stay at home, gather in one place, and build towers to heaven surrounded by walls.

 

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Adapted from Justin Long’s The Problem Is Not The Unevangelized.

David Joannes
Founder/President at Within Reach Global
David Joannes is the co-founder and president of Within Reach Global, Inc, which serves the advance of the Gospel in some of Southeast Asia’s most difficult places. He is the author of The Space Between Memories: Recollections from a 21st Century Missionary. David has a love for language, culture, and creative writing, and for the last 20 years, he has witnessed God’s Kingdom established in forgotten parts of the globe. David lives in Chiang Mai, Thailand, with his wife, Lorna, and their daughter, Cara.
  • Joanna Alonzo

    We Christians do tend to remain in our comfort zone. It’s easier that way. Something about living in a community of Muslims/Hindus/Non-Christians makes my heart leap, but at the same time it’s “the unknown” and the unknown does tend to be scary… *sighs*

    This is why 2014 is a whole bunch of scary to me. It has so much of the unknown in it. Then again… that’s where miracles happen.

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