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American Missionaries - First Things First!
“To allow your own people to drown in sin because you are to busy preaching to a foreign people in third world countries is treacherous and hypocritical."
When I was first called into ministry 20 years ago (I Timothy 1:12), one of the first things that I took notice of inside the church building was missionaries and their willingness to go to preach to third world countries, which without a doubt is clearly scriptural and all well and good (Mark 16:15).
Yet, being brought up in a fatherless home, with a mother that was a workaholic, being raised up by a school system that was free-handedly indoctrinating American children with every pass that the federal government was illegally given, I wondered why these missionaries were so apt and willing to go to third world countries to preach and yet overlook their own children in public school systems, namely those children who needed to hear their message the most.
Jesus preached to His own people in Galilee first. He also invited the children to come unto Him, and told the people that wisdom was justified by her children (Matthew 4:23; Mark 10:13-15; Proverbs 22:6; Luke 7:35).
Missionaries are willing to go preach a Gospel in a foreign country, but unwilling to preach to me in their own backyard? It's pretty irresponsible and hypocritical, is it not (Matthew 23:3)? First things, first!
I clearly recollect in my own life where I was given a Gospel tract on two different occasions: one found in a bathroom stall, and the other was quickly handed off to me. This was all coming from a nation where 78-86% profess to be Christians (1 John 2:4).
As a side note, with all of these illegals crossing over into America, there isn’t a more opportune time to stay in America and preach in your own backyard.
On the other hand…
What you have here in the American Church is a major recycling of the unregenerate (altar athletes, repenting every week for the same sins that they supposedly repented of the week before) (Hebrews 6:4-6), or to put it another way, the professors that are preaching to the choir.
Let me ask you, what would you think of me if I asked, “Would you fund me to teach Spanish in Mexico?”
Have you noticed that professing Christians are preaching to the choir? When a Christian band releases an album and reaches out during a tour, what is typically their general audience? Christians! Not the lost (Luke 19:10).
When a Christian in America writes a book, what is his general target? You guessed it, Christians, not those who are lost (Isaiah 61:1-3).
Taking it a step further…
Did you know that 91% of all Christian outreach/evangelism DOES NOT target non-Christians but targets other Christians! (Baxter 2007)
Christian’s annual income is 12.3 trillion dollars.
213 Billion is given to Christian causes.
11.4 Billion is given to foreign missions.
87% of which goes to work being done among the already Christians.
12% goes to work among the evangelized non-Christians.
1% among the un-evangelized.
And lastly, and here is the kicker friends, less than one half of one percent goes to church funding for America’s youth. (About missions.org/statistics.html)
Do you see the hypocrisy here? Do you see why the young people in this country have such disdain towards the older generation?
What’s worse is that 86% of those who profess Christianity are the very ones to drop off their kids to the public school systems to be illegally indoctrinated by the federal government (Tenth Amendment of the Bill of Rights) that they daily complain about.
William Wilberforce said on May 12, 1789, “You may choose to look the other way, but you can never say again that you did not know.”
It is for us all to begin to love our neighbors as ourselves, by beginning to reach in, before reaching out (Luke 6:31).