Featured in the January, 2008 Issue of the Ashburn Baptist News
Many identify the Christian faith with the United States of America.
However, there are more Christian believers in China than in the United States. Today, more born again people pray to the Lord in Spanish than in English. The largest churches are in Korea. There are as many Christians in Africa as people in the United States.
Christianity started in Jerusalem (Acts 2) and not in Washington D.C.
The Bible was not originally given in American English, but in Hebrew and Greek.
Christianity is not tied to our nation, nor is it the captive of any culture.
Real, historic, Biblical Christianity is multi-racial, trans-cultural and international. This is the faith of many faces and its truth is told in a thousand tongues.
Some poorly informed college professors have pedaled the notion that the Lord God Almighty was merely a tribal deity of the Jews. Hardly so. The Bible uses the word “nations” 559 times. The message is “Declare His glory among the nations, His marvelous deeds among all peoples” (I Chronicles 16:24).
This is not just a message for some Asiatic Jews, but the prophet Isaiah quotes God saying, “Turn to me and be saved, all you ends of the earth; for I am God and there is no other” (Isaiah 45:22).
Many faiths have been identified with certain ethnic groups or nationalities, but not Christianity, which is global. The mandate of Jesus was clear, “Go and make disciples of all nations” (Matthew 28:19). And also,
Mark 16:15, “Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation”.
The Bible message is not confined to any country or culture, but Jesus clearly indicated that His people were to be His witnesses, “to the ends of the earth” (Acts 1:8).
The Gospel was to be global and that is not merely public relations hype. The facts are that before a generation had passed, that is by 63 A.D., Paul wrote to the church at Colosse, “This is the Gospel that you heard and has been proclaimed to every creature under Heaven” (Colossians 1:23).
In the Ashburn Baptist congregation are people who were born in Haiti, Cameroon, Venezuela, Costa Rica, Mexico, Guatemala, Romania, the Philippines, Israel, Jamaica, Lithuania, Nigeria, Argentina, Italy, Korea, Germany, Honduras, India and I am sure we have missed some.
When you become a Christian through saving faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, you become a child of the heavenly Father and a member of the global
family of God. Now your “citizenship is in Heaven” (Philippians 3:20) and that citizenship is more valuable than being a citizen of any country on the face of this earth.