On February 2, 2015, I and a group of six individuals will be traveling to Kerala, India to partner with Grace Christian Ministries to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ, God willing. When hearing this, many people ask “Why India?” With that I respond, “I’m glad you asked.”
India is a nation of 1.3 billion people. Approximately 2% of the population adheres to Christianity. The largest religion is Hinduism at 81%. India is an extremely diverse nation and there is an estimated 2,256 separate people groups (People groups are groups of people with similar language and cultural practices). Recently, according to Open Doors, India rose to its highest ranking of No. 21 on the World Watch List of countries where Christians face the most persecution.
India is found in what is called the 10/40 window. This is a rectangular area that includes North Africa, the Middle East and Asia. It lays approximately between 10 and 40 degrees north latitude, hence its name (If you are interested in the location of this area, Google 10/40 Window). Another term for the 10/40 window is “The Resistant Belt.” The 10/40 window is dominated by four religious ideologies: Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism and the non-religious. In addition, the 10/40 Window is also home to a majority of the world’s poor population.
As a Christian, these figures should break our heart. Millions and millions of people in the nation of India sit in spiritual darkness and are destined for Hell. Their only hope is Jesus Christ. Jesus says very clearly, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6). He also says, “”For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God” (John 3:16-18).
If the Bible is true (which it is) and the statistics are true (which I assume they are), then at this moment 1.2 billion people are condemned to go to Hell. The only way to change that is for them to believe in Jesus. That is it. Nothing else will change their destiny, only their belief in Jesus Christ. Many self-proclaimed Christians claim to believe this, yet do nothing that matches this belief as it relates to the lost.
Romans 10:14-15 says, “How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? And how are they to preach unless they are sent?”
The bottom line is that if you are not going or sending, you are disobeying (Borrowed from John Piper). It is time for us to repent and instead of saying, “Why India?” say “Why not India?”