Mormons Give Time, Christians Give Excuses
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I recently listened to a message on how university students and young people in general are incredibly effective in reaching the world for Christ. Every major missions and church planting movement in history had young people and students leading it in some way.
I listened as this speaker told the story of a private university in the U.S. that has over 5,000 students attend an optional chapel every Friday. Many of those chapels are spent looking deep into Scripture about God’s heart for the nations.
From this university 64% of its students will graduate and go on a short-term mission within 5 years. Seriously!? 64%?! That’s amazing. Well, it is and it is not.
It’s amazing to me that 64% of these students would give several years of their lives. They press pause on going to graduate school, moving home to help in the family business, or jumping in to what they are excited to do with the rest of their lives.
But it’s also kind of a bummer actually. The sad thing is I am speaking of Brigham Young University. BYU sends the majority of its students overseas as Mormon missionaries – 64% of them.
How many of our students involved with Cru go overseas? At most 3% of them.
Most Mormon students don’t even blink when asked what they are doing after they graduate. They will tell you that God is very clear about the importance of telling the world about their faith – and off they go.
Mormons give room for missions, we Christians give excuses.
I’m not sharing this to guilt anyone to go overseas as a missionary. I’m simply stating the numbers.
From the beginning of the Bible and throughout all of its 66 books we see one major theme: God’s heart for the nations, His unrelenting pursuit of bringing people into a saving and personal relationship with Him. This thematic backbone, this story, is what King David writes of in Psalm 96,
‘Sing to the Lord; praise His name. Each day proclaim the good news that He saves. Publish His glorious deeds among the nations. Tell everyone about the amazing things He does.”
As I read this Psalm and reflect on God’s passion to know the nations, I’m reminded of so many staff and students who model living without excuses. They serve each and every day in a culture that is new to them, they interact with people who speak a different language, and go about living overseas in challenging circumstances to “Tell everyone about the amazing things He does.”
To those of you who challenge me with an excuse free life, thank you and I am praying for you.