I’m pretty confident as I write the words of this post that the author of the link soon to be provided offered a much differing intent with her words than where I shall be inclined to go here. That’s the beauty of writing. Authorial intent can be subjective when the reader has preconceptions he is determined to make a case for. Okay, that was supposed to be a little bit humorous.
With my excellent ability to dumb-down something (no wise-cracks here please, because I sincerely hope this doesn’t diminish the magnificence of Jess’ work), I found myself asking the same question again and again as I read through her work. Why? Not “why” did I keep asking, but “why” did a church that once boasted of being larger than anything the West could offer, disappear from existence.
Consider geographically the area we’re speaking of. When we think of the East today, we think Missions. We must get the gospel into these countries of the East, and rightfully so. But in reality we’re trying to get the gospel into an area where it once thrived. There are countless places there now where the name of Jesus is not even known. What happened?
It would be very speculative of me to give dogmatic answers here, for honestly, there are evidences that point to a lot of reasons why. The persecution became great. Christians were being killed in masses. These people broke ties with other churches (By the way, Jess gives much more detail on this).
But in the end, I can’t get beyond some words spoken by our Lord… and ponder. “I will build My Church, and the gates of hell will not prevail against it.” “Repent, and do the deeds you did at first, or else I am coming to you and will remove your lampstand out of its place.” Two promises are given to the Church, but their conclusions are very different.
Now I’m going to really ponder. Is a generation coming when a church in Senegal, Africa will be raising funding for missionaries because there is a nation called America who does not know the name of Jesus?
- 7 Reasons America Has Not Been Reached For Christ (vineoflife.net)
- Hobby Lobby, Eastbound and Down, and the Adamic Nature (mtsweat.com)