The Church and Geography

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How does Church teach us about geography?   

It begins in Matthew 28:18-20 where Jesus commands the Apostles to “Go into the entire world and preach the Gospel. ” At Pentecost, Luke is careful to record that “every nation under heaven” heard the Gospel in their language.  Egyptians, Cretans, Arabians, Judeans and the lists go on.   When Jesus prayed the high priestly prayer in John 17, “that they may be one,” Jesus was obviously taking the long view.  All these nations take the Gospel to their geographical area.

Many Americans believe geography starts with us.    We give billions, protect most of the world and pioneer almost everything.    Our resume also includes killing millions unborn babies and sanctioning greed and violence.

All of heaven is praying for the unity of God’s family.

When Christopher Columbus came to America, it was an answer to prayer.  Columbus was not primarily an explorer but a missionary.

What do North and South America have in common?

God sees us as one family.   Theologians have often said, the Church needs to breathe with both lungs (East and West).  The Americas need to breathe as one America and as one family.

Someone needs to hand us some oxygen.

 

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