Do you notice the map above at the top of the page? I want to take a moment and describe what this map has to say about our efforts as Christians. First of all this is a link to a blown up picture of the map – http://mappery.com/map-of/Evangelical-Christianity-World-Map. You may have to copy and paste it into a new page’s URL. The bulk of the map portrays the world evangelization meter. As you can see, the U.S. is very green. This means that the U.S. is a reached nation (note that I am not saying we are a Christian nation). The world though is vastly populated outside of the U.S. and is therefore colored with a brighter red and orange and yellow colorings. This correlates with how reached their country is. The redder the less. The bottom three maps reveal three other things about the current state of Christianity. The first map at the bottom is the Bible translation map. As you can tell, there is a significant portion of the world that is in fact green. Christians are ardently trying to make the Bible available to everyone. The use of technology and the willingness of linguists to learn and culture and a language have positioned the Bible in places that does not seem imaginable. I am taking Greek right now in Bible college and struggle enough with translating the Greek New Testament into something that English speaking people can understand let alone trying to learn another verbal system for another language. The third map shows the progress of producing a film that will portray the essentials of Christianity in the language of a certain people group. Just as the Bible is highly translated you see that this movie, the Jesus Film as it is called, is also making an impact in the world by being made available to the language needs of a majority of the world. As you can tell though there is a middle map in this succession of maps. For explanation of this I wish to carry over into a new post. To summarize what has been stated, Christians have made available the Gospel in a majority of the cultures in the world. This done through several ways but regardless an effort is being made. America has been blessed in being historically a Gospel inviting nation. The tides of this glory has changed and we as Christians need to realize this.
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