Distinctive, Distinguishable Faith

Wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life and there are few who find it. (Matthew 7:13-14) I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture. (Jn 10:9)

I cannot forget the conversation. I was stunned. How could this new acquaintance believe what she was saying? She was so blindly confident of her perspective. “Buddhism and Christianity are much alike,” she declared. “They both seek truth. They encourage all humans to be good.” She had immigrated from China. Living in the Bible belt, in a city known for Christian tourism, she had never even visited a Christian church. She had never heard the gospel clearly.  And she had obviously never seen the radical difference between Buddhism and Christianity. How could it be? Has the image of Christianity become so fuzzy that a Buddhist cannot distinguish between the followers of Jesus and other world religions?

  • God, like Israel in the days of Solomon, the nations are coming to us. They are living and settling among us. But they are not learning of you. They are importing their gods with them. They are building their own temples and shrines. Altars to idols are now throughout our cities.   You are the incomparable Yahweh. Show yourself among the gods. Reveal yourself in ways that leave the millions among us with foreign gods – speechless. Fill them with questions. Help me to build relationships that would open dialogue. Help me live so that they see a difference and know that Christianity has answers found nowhere else. God, send a revival to the immigrant population of the US, that could trigger a national awakening with global implications.

Rev. P. Douglas Small, Project Pray, Awakening America

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