Are We Sitting Out the War?
When Japanese soldier Hiroo Onoda emerged from the Philippine jungle in 1974, he learned that Japan had surrendered nearly thirty years earlier. Imagine his shock to learn that while he thought he was serving, he was doing no such thing. Most of his life had merely been wasted.
How many Christians will arrive at the gates of heaven, only to learn that much of their own lives had been wasted, as well. While they thought they were serving by hiding from the world, they were in fact not serving at all. There was never any question about Inoda’s loyalty. He was an intelligence officer and presumably knew more about the war situation than his comrades who had long since found their way home. He was steadfast and did what he did out of a sense of duty. He was simply wrong.
In this issue of Leben, we ask you to consider the lives of a number of Christian missionaries who found their own way home in the service of the King. Some had more enthusiasm than knowledge. Others served in practical ways, leaving the theological battles to the “intelligence officers.” None of this is to dismiss the importance of doctrinal purity, but rather to lead us to rejoice that the Lord doesn’t require us to have perfect understanding in order to use us to His glory.
In truth, we should be humbled by how little we do with what we have and what we know, particularly when we see how much the Lord does with others who have and, perhaps, know less. After all, look at what He did with a young boy’s five loaves and two fishes.
“But Jesus said, forbid him not: for there is no man which shall do a miracle in my name, that can lightly speak evil of me. For he that is not against us is on our part. For whosoever shall give you a cup of water to drink in my name, because ye belong to Christ, verily I say unto you, he shall not lose his reward.” Mark 9:40-1
On the Cover
Esther’s Gamble by He Qi, China’s most prolific Christian artist. He Qi was the first among Mainland Chinese to earn a Ph.D. in Religious Art after the Revolution (1992). His art works have been displayed in museums, galleries, universities and churches throughout the world and have been featured in numerous media outlets including the Washington Post, Christianity Today, and the BBC. Please review his art at his website: www.heqiart.com.
The Jan-Mar 2015 issue includes these articles:
- The Leisler Rebellion
- Archie Mitchell and the Forgotten MIAs
- On Eating Burghers
- The Cambridge Seven