Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Japan: A Land Devastated yet Full of Opportunity

The Headlines are everywhere. Japan has been rocked by earthquakes, tsunamis, and explosions at nuclear power plants. There are many thousands missing, and many dead washing up on shore. Japan will never be the same again.

Japan is a land that has embraced modern hedonism and still holds closely to Buddhism and native Shinto. The regional warlords of their feudal age, known as Daimyo, were cruel toward Christians, even crucifying some at Nagasaki Harbor in 1597. Japan is still largely non-Christian.

The devastation of Japan is horrifying. But this is also a great opportunity for believers in Jesus Christ. This is a time when hearts and ears are open. We who are believers outside of Japan should give humanitarian aid for assuaging the physical agony of the Japanese people, but even more importantly, we should give Bibles and money to Japanese churches for their use in aid and evangelism efforts. We should also pray that the Gospel would spread and that those who are left would be spared eternal torment. You believers in Japan, I urge you on to do good works and to live out the Gospel that has been entrusted to you. Ephesians 2:4-10 says,
But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions - it is by grace you have been saved. And God raises us up with Christ and seated him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith - and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God - not by works so that no one can boast. For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

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