Just spent a week in the Bible-belt. The weather was great! The food was fantastic. The folks are so friendly and hospitable. Tennessee, Alabama, and Georgia are beautiful states. In fact, beyond beautiful! Oh, and did I mention the churches?
In the same way it is difficult to describe the physical and spiritual poverty found in the 10/40 Window to someone who has never been there, it would be hard to describe just how many churches, especially Baptist churches, are in this part of America.
There’s a church on just about every corner. In fact, there’s often a couple of churches on the same corner. And, in some cases, there’s two churches, on what appears to be the same piece of property. You can hardly go more than a block or two without seeing a church, and more often than not, a Baptist church. And, in far too many cases, more than one Baptist church.
You can hardly go anywhere without meeting Baptist people. You go to a restaurant you hear folks introducing themselves, and next out of their mouth, you’ll hear the words, “I attend such and such Baptist church. Along with the churches, you see the billboards and bumper stickers!
Now, don’t get me wrong! I am thankful for the many churches in the Bible-belt. Thank God for Shubal Stearns and the Sandy Creek Revival I am thankful for the name of Jesus being lifted up by the tens of thousand churches in the Bible-belt. I am thankful that many of these churches are proclaiming the gospel and people are being saved, and lives are being changed. I am grateful that both adults and children can have a church they can call home. I am grateful for the “Christian” influence. But I still just have to say …
Everywhere I go–including the Bible Belt, where churches, especially Baptist churches abound–I hear this same statement, “We need more ‘good churches’ here.” Of course, there’s always some truth to that statement, but there are parts of the world where there are NO CHURCHES. Not one. Absolutely none! Not good churches. Not bad churches. NO CHURCHES! 😏 And again, to that, i just have to say …
Oh, My! Why such a disparity in the placement of churches?
Matthew 9:37-38, Then saith he unto his disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few; 38 Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest.