America is known for being a country that sends missionaries to other countries. However, as hostility toward America increases around the globe and the cost of living increases here at home, it is becoming more challenging to send missionaries to other lands, at least in a traditional sense. Less American missionaries may be going overseas in the future.
Many times, the needs of America are overlooked because of the stark poverty, desperation, spiritual darkness, and oppression most people face across the world. If you take a closer look, though, America is a spiritually dark place.
With a church on every corner, it’s easy to think that Christians in America do not need to consider a move toward mass evangelism. Perhaps one reason for this is a grave problem that lurks just beneath the surface of the worship scene in many of our churches and gatherings.
False conversion is an ill that plagues the professing church today, across developed nations, but especially in America. Whether it is the fault of pastors and leaders wanting to add to their church rosters or individuals unwilling to count the cost or just wanting to blend in with the crowd, many people professing to be Christians in America are not. There is a mission field right in our own churches.
Outside of our churches, many more also profess to be Christians, but their profession is merely surface and does nothing to affect their lives. They only have a passing knowledge of Jesus, but not the personal knowledge of Him Whom saves. Their ignorance- and rebellion that accompanies their lifestyle- will send them straight to judgment when their earthly lives come to a close.
Ray Comfort notes in his book, The Way of the Master:
…according to an article in the December 1995 issue of Youth Leader magazine,
“More Christian teens watch MTV each week (42 percent) than non-Christians
(33 percent), according to a Barna research group survey…”
The article then went on to quote Barna surveys showing that of these same
teens, 65 percent said they prayed daily. An amazing 72 percent believed
the Bible. However, 66 percent confessed they had lied to a parent or
teacher in the last three months…55 percent had cheated on an exam, and
20 percent had either gotten drunk or used illegal drugs.
The situation has undoubtedly grown worse since the mid-90s. Clearly, we have a problem.
The crisis is not just limited to our youth. Adults in our churches many times set the tone for religious life, not just within the congregation but also in their own homes.
In addition, there are many immigrants and foreign students coming into our country who have never heard of the name of Jesus before. Many children growing up have never heard of the Gospel story. Soon, there will be few grandmas who make the value of taking their grandchildren to church a priority. Our military are facing the plague of PTSD and the tragedy of suicide like never before. Some in our armed forces are being reprimanded for sharing about Jesus to their comrades.
Who will tell these people about our Savior and about the wrath to come?
On my blog, Project Proclaim , I share with you fifty reasons why missions is needed in this country. I will also share resources you can use and evangelists you can contact in your area to reach the lost for Christ across our spiritually needy country.