The Nations Have Come…

Let me blow your mind…

Nearly twenty percent of non-Christians in North America do not personally know a Christian. More than seventy-five percent of the Sikhs, Hindus, and Jains living in the U.S. do not know a Christian. The same is true for more than sixty-five percent of Buddhists, Shintoists, Taoists, Zoroastrians, and practitioners of Chinese folk religion. Even forty-two percent of Muslims acknowledge that they have no close Christian contacts.

I recently read an article by Ed Stetzer in which he quotes these statistics (the research was done by Todd Johnson), he rightfully points out the fact that there are people here in the US who have never heard the gospel and will probably never hear the gospel.

Consider this statistic, and let your mind get blown

In the U.S. alone, there are more than five hundred unengaged, unreached people groups.

Five hundred unengaged, unreached people groups! Five hundred. And that is in our own backyard. If we want to reach “all nations” we certainly must go “out there” but we mustn’t forget that to reach “all nations” we must also go – go outside of our door and bring the gospel to our unreached neighbors. They live in our neighborhoods, they go to our universities, they work alongside of us. The nations have come to us.

The Nations Have Come to Us - "Immigrants arriving at Angel Island c.1920"
The Nations Have Come to Us – “Immigrants arriving at Angel Island c.1920”

Published by cwoznicki

Chris Woznicki is an Assistant Adjunct Professor of Theology at Fuller Theological Seminary. He works as the regional training associate for the Los Angeles region of Young Life.

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