When Paul visited Athens, his spirit was provoked within him because the city was full of idols (Acts 17:16). As I write this, I am in a country full of idols—more than 300 million idols to be precise! Each day as I drive down the streets through the flood of humanity, my heart is broken to know that 999 out of every 1000 people I see are pursuing these false idols.
More than one-sixth of the earth’s population lives in this one country. They are a beautiful people. They are all image bearers of God (Genesis 1:26). Yet they are a people who are far from Christ. They are a people who need the gospel of Jesus Christ.
When questioned about Jesus before the Jewish authorities, Peter said,
“And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”
Without the gospel of Christ, we are all without hope. I hope you will join with me in praying for these people. Pray that the gospel message will make it to them in time and pray that the Lord would open their hearts to respond to the gospel.
“How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!”