With a declining number of Christians in America and with America now having less Christians in it than is reported in China, and with the number of churches decreasing annually as America's population continues to boom, America has found itself in a missionary category. Indeed, there are more missionaries coming to America to spread Christianity than there are American missionaries going to other countries to do the same. Morality is declining. Marriage is attempting to be redefined. Abortion remains legal. Abuse rises. Divorce rises. Illegitimate births are rising. If there was ever an hour for the church to rise up, it is now. Unfortunately, this has not been the case.
While we recognize all the wrongs, today's Christian is known more for his complaining about situations rather than offering any real solutions. Today's Christian is known as one looking for a church that believes like he believes, does like he does, acts like he acts, and won't ask him to do what he doesn't want to do. And so we become satisfied with our churches of 50 people (that's the average American Christian church across denominational lines) and try to hang on to Glory. Meanwhile, the world is going to hell. Meanwhile, people are drowning in the sea of sin, and we, having the tools, abilities, and knowledge to save them, do basically nothing. America has a spiritual problem indeed, and only the church can fix it.
McRaney does a tremendous job in this book giving ideas on evangelism and offering training, phrases, and insight into recognizing opportunities and looking for opportunities. He delves into the parable of Jesus about the seed and the sower. He mentions Paul's writing to the Corinthian church in that evangelism is planting, and one plants and one waters, but God gives the increase. Paul said in 1 Corinthians 9 that he was willing to become all things to all people to win some. Can that statement be made by the church today? Or have we developed for ourselves a comfortable culture in which we've learned to "thrive" and exist? Meanwhile, more people in our community is drowning. Meanwhile, missions projects overseas are hurting. Meanwhile, a family is divorcing, kids are hurting, and someone is ready to give up on life.
McRaney speaks to the church's need to be involved in one another's life and the community. He speaks of the need for all to evangelize and for all to continue learning and growing so with love, we may add the wisdom necessary to speak and provide a response to questions.
Evangelism is key to the survival of the church. When Jesus went to intercede at the right hand of the Father after His ascension, we became Plan A in spreading the hope of the Gospel. There is no Plan B. We will either be instruments that make the sounds of symphony or we will be instruments too flawed and cared for to work and matter.
It's time to turn our full attention back to evangelism. This is the last of Free Point's Vision Points for 2013 and I'm excited about the things that are on tap to help return a full focus for everyone towards evangelism and winning the lost. There are more people in the water than the beach. It's time to get in the water.