A few weeks ago, I found myself worshipping with other believers at First Baptist North Mobile (http://www.northmobile.org/). Pastor (Dr.) Ed Litton spoke. In his message he sighted this article ( http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/comment/columnists/matthew_parris/article5400568.ece )by Matthew Parris. The title of the article was very catchy so I tracked it down to read it. The title: As an athiest, I truely believe Africa needs God.
Here are a few excerpts, the entire article is worth reading and can be applied to every Continent. In fact, I will say that as a Christian, I truly believe America needs God:
“Now a confirmed atheist, I’ve become convinced of the enormous contribution that Christian evangelism makes in Africa: sharply distinct from the work of secular NGOs, government projects and international aid efforts. These alone will not do. Education and training alone will not do. In Africa Christianity changes people’s hearts. It brings a spiritual transformation. The rebirth is real. The change is good. ”
“Faith does more than support the missionary; it is also transferred to his flock. This is the effect that matters so immensely, and which I cannot help observing. ”
“In the city we had working for us Africans who had converted and were strong believers. The Christians were always different. Far from having cowed or confined its converts, their faith appeared to have liberated and relaxed them. There was a liveliness, a curiosity, an engagement with the world – a directness in their dealings with others – that seemed to be missing in traditional African life. They stood tall. ”
“And I’m afraid it has to be supplanted by another. Removing Christian evangelism from the African equation may leave the continent at the mercy of a malign fusion of Nike, the witch doctor, the mobile phone and the machete. “