The Bible Belt.
The None Zone.
Those liberal tree huggers in California.
It’s hard to reach people in the Northeast.
Or was it the Pacific Northwest?
Over the past couple of years I’ve grown increasingly weary of hearing about how one area is especially hard or easy to be a minister of the Gospel.
One group will point to a set of statistics and say how it’s nearly impossible to do ministry– it’s so much harder than ____.
Another group will lay claim that they, of course, live in the hardest to reach region of the country.
It kind of makes my head spin. On the one hand I don’t want to discourage anyone. If pointing to a statistic is somehow motivation for someone to keep going or be more creative or adapt the Gospel to their local context better than that’s great. But on the other hand I think a lot of people miss the bigger, more important point.
The Most Difficult Place for The Gospel in America is…
But really? What’s the most difficult place for the Gospel in America?
None of those statistics mean anything to the two groups of people you’re actually responsible for reaching with the Good News… and the most difficult.
- Your family, the people living in your house…
- Your neighbors, the people’s whose house touches your house…
You can’t make the Gospel big in your community until you make the Gospel small in your life.
For most, you live on the most difficult block in America to reach. It’s the challenge of a lifetime and one we too often ignore for the sake of trying to reach people we aren’t commanded to reach at all.
Reach your own family. Then reach out to your neighbors.