So many important and influential people have shared their thoughts on President Trump’s recent comments about the oppressed and undeveloped countries of the world. I will defer to them to handle the politics of his remarks.
But me personally? When I read them, my mind immediately gravitated to this: isn’t it amazing that in these (to use a slightly edited, PG version of Trump’s word choice) “craphole” countries, the church of Jesus Christ is thriving and growing exponentially?
In Latin America, Africa, and Asia, the explosive growth of Christ's church dwarfs that of the West.
To me it stands as yet another indication of the paradoxical truth of Christianity. Jesus, the King of Kings and Lord of Lords came into a craphole to save those willing to accept His gift.
Rejected by the elites, the proud, the well fed, His message found fertile soil among the impoverished, the lonely, the displaced…then and now.
I would merely challenge each of us to look through the eyes of eternity and ask precisely whose environment is worse: the wealthy land filled with pride and sinful excess, or the craphole burning with the light of the Gospel?
Jesus was right: the last will really be first.