I sometimes make reference to things like Daylight Savings Time, the Super Bowl and the fact that for the past five or six months it never quits raining. Most of my readers are in the United States and these cultural references are obvious to them. Since I only write in English that narrows down the number of people in the world that can read it at all.
Having said that, I realize there are other readers from all over the world on a daily basis. Just like most readers are American it makes sense that Canada and United Kingdom are next in terms of numbers. In other nations around the world there are people who are multilingual, missionaries, American business people and military personnel serving abroad. There are Christians around the world as well, some in places friendly to them and others in the underground church movement. I just want to say that I know you’re out there.
America is not the whole world. I know from teaching World History and geography that Americans are both ignorant and arrogant (in regards to the rest of the world). I’ve ministered to, and with, international students from about 20 countries. From a biblical perspective let me suggest this: it’s all temporary. After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands… (Revelation 7:9) Michael Spencer often spoke of being on a journey. We all start in different places but it doesn’t matter where you started, it only matters where you finish. And if you’re reading this right now, I look forward to sitting down with you at the marriage supper of the Lamb.
2011: The girl on the left is Vietnamese, on the right from South Korea. That’s me in the middle, their U.S. History teacher. It’s a crazy world.