by: Jerry Savage, Minister League Street Church of Christ
In April, 1994, the president of Rowanda was killed. Rowanda, "the most Christian country in Africa" with 90 percent of the population claiming some Christian church affiliation, went into revolt. Over the course of the next 100 days as many as 800,000 men, women, and children were slaughtered. Slaughtered by machetes, knives, any weapon available. Slaughtered by vigilante groups and ordinary citizens. Neighbors killing neighbors because of their political views or their ethnic identity.
This genocide demonstrated, in a horrific way, that the Western Christianity imported into the heart of Africa had created widespread Christianity but failed to create communities of disciples of Christ.
Jesus, who taught his disciples to "love your enemies", was not the Lord of the "Christian" Rowanda people that Spring. Could it be that they, unfortunately, were taught that Jesus was their savior, but were not taught that he also is to be "Lord"?
*2 Peter 3:18 But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ
We good American Christians, could we ever be guilty of the same thing? Celebrating Jesus as Savior but not making him Lord of our lives? Lordship! That is what discipleship is all about. Disciples follow the teachings and even try to emulate their teacher. Jesus said, Go and make disciples (Mt 28).
Are you one?
Think About it!