“Missionaries to the USA”
Yes, you read that right, I believe we live in a day and age where Christians from other areas of the world might come and share Christ with this nation.
When Israel had wandered away for the Lord God, Ezekiel is given a similar mission.
Please read the following verses.
1 And he said to me, “Son of man, eat what is before you, eat this scroll; then go and speak to the house of Israel.”
2 So I opened my mouth, and he gave me the scroll to eat.
3 Then he said to me, “Son of man, eat this scroll I am giving you and fill your stomach with it.” So I ate it, and it tasted as sweet as honey in my mouth.
4 He then said to me: “Son of man, go now to the house of Israel and speak my words to them.
5 You are not being sent to a people of obscure speech and difficult language, but to the house of Israel—
6 not to many peoples of obscure speech and difficult language, whose words you cannot understand. Surely if I had sent you to them, they would have listened to you.
7 But the house of Israel is not willing to listen to you because they are not willing to listen to me, for the whole house of Israel is hardened and obstinate.
In the denomination I serve, sadly many have turned their backs on the Jesus of the Bible. They have fashioned for themselves an idol, a Jesus who approves of the way they want to live.
In December of 1922, we sent missionaries to Nigeria. Now the Nigerian church is much healthier and Biblical than the American Church.
Recently, I asked a Nigerian pastor who is serving in the US if he feels like a pastor or a missionary.
He said he feels like a missionary and a refugee. (He and most his of his family left Nigeria because of the danger and persecution of Boko Haran.)
This morning as I was reading this passage in Ezekiel, this thought came to me.
The church in Nigeria is stronger and more biblical that the American church.
The Church in Nigeria wonders what has happened to her Mother Church in America. Quite frankly, so do I.