by Rod D. Martin
June 15, 2013

You will sometimes hear people joke that “yeah, I’d love to be a missionary, to the Riviera.” Cities like Miami Beach, Paris, etc. frequently are substituted in.

What is missed in this implicit comparison of the hardship of the African jungle to the “ease” of the First World (and even more so, of the vacation destination) is that those in the latter may well be harder to reach, are of equal value to the Father, and are equally certain to spend eternity in Hell unless someone takes them the Gospel.

We need to be much more serious about cities like Paris and Miami. Their continued lostness threatens the loss of Western Civilization. And the ease of our going there, combined with our failure to do so, threatens an ugly mark against us — one we will not want to try to explain — in the final judgment.