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Toowoomba Lectureship, QLD
How many of us are willing to seek out those still held captive in sin and sit where they sit? Feel how they feel?
Who Will Sit Where They Sit? Gordon Hogan
Some time ago, I came across a video produced by Oklahoma Christian University entitled ‘Love In Any Language’. The video is intended to encourage people to share God’s love through missions. Here is an extract which quotes the Old Testament prophet, Ezekiel, and raises questions for us:
‘I came to the exiles at Tel-abib, who were dwelling by the Chebar canal, and I sat where they were dwelling. And I sat there overwhelmed among them seven days. And at the end of seven days, the word of the Lord came to me: “Son of man, I have made you a watchman for the house of Israel. Whenever you hear a word from my mouth, you shall give them warning from me. If I say to the wicked, ‘You shall surely die,’ and you give him no warning, nor speak to warn the wicked from his wicked way, in order to save his life, that wicked person shall die for his iniquity, but his blood I will require at your hand. But if you warn the wicked, and he does not turn from his wickedness, or from his wicked way, he shall die for his iniquity, but you will have delivered your soul’.
Ezekiel came to the captives as they dwelt at the river and he sat where they sat. How many of us who are God’s children are willing to do the same? How many of us are willing to seek out those still held captive in sin and sit where they sit? Feel how they feel? Cry when they cry? Agonise with them over their hurts, become one with their sorrow? How many are willing to die that they might live? Who will sit where they sit?
Jane and I and our family spent years in Pakistan and Singapore sharing the Gospel. We went because billions of people on the continent of Asia are waiting for those of us who know Christ to come. They’re waiting for us to sit where they sit and tell them about Jesus who longs to save them.
If you wish to take up the challenge, here’s what to expect when you go to Asia:
· Masses of people like you’ve never seen in your life.
· The reality of pagan idolatry that darkens the hearts of billions of people and imprisons them in fear and without hope.
· In many places, abject poverty. Farmers and labourers who barely make a living. And, by contrast, people with enormous wealth.
· Amazing natural beauty: mountains, rainforests, rivers, lakes, tropical islands, and beautiful modern cities.
· Deformities in people and incredible filth: many brought about by ignorance, poverty, and disease.
· Illiteracy on the one hand and wonderfully educated and gifted people on the other hand.
· The non-existence of the Lord’s church and the presence of militant religions. The presence of small struggling churches and, on the other hand, self-supporting and growing, mission-minded churches.
· Humans as God’s creation, each with a soul that will spend eternity in hell if they do not come to know Jesus and salvation. People who are wonderfully receptive. People who hunger for the hope that is in Christ. People who are marvellously generous with whatever they possess.
If you go and share the Gospel, your reward will be a fulfilment and
satisfaction like you’ve never known before, since you’ll know for sure
that you’re working in line with God’s purpose.
I’ve been there and it has been and remains the joy of my life.
Gordon Hogan with children Julie, Beth, and Dave, on a memory-lane visit back to Lahore, Pakistan, in February 2020.
Gordon Hogan, at the age of 92, is a member of the College Church of Christ in Searcy, Arkansas, where he serves as an elder. He and his late wife, Jane, and their family spent decades in Pakistan and Singapore as missionaries.