Daily Topic for April 01, 2011
This is a great example of the “not yet” verses of the Bible. God is a perfect judge, and He will govern with perfect righteousness. But for the time being, we still have to contend with injustice coming from man’s sinfulness and Satan’s deceit. Powerful nations, even “Christian” ones, oppress less powerful ones for their own gain. If “Christian” nations weren’t guilty of this, mission work would be much easier. Think how different things would be if people understood that Jesus came as a sacrifice for sinners, instead of mistaking Him for a leader of a religious/political system.
Pray that the unreached people groups today in Germany and France will understand the Christ of the Bible despite the twisted spirituality they see in today’s world.
Winfrid, later known as St. Boniface, was born in 672AD to a wealthy and respected family in England. His father was reluctant to allow him to enter the monastic life, but he did so anyway, and we now know him as St. Boniface, Apostle to the Germans.
Ethnically, he was Anglo-Saxon, and spiritually he was from the emerging Roman Catholic Church. His ethnicity made him a good candidate to go to the pre-Christian Saxons in what is now Germany. At the time there was a growing Frankish Kingdom in what became France centuries later. This kingdom was Roman Catholic and wanted to annex its Saxon neighbors. Thus, there was both the Frankish Empire and Rome’s papacy that wanted to see the Saxons become part of the church, largely for political reasons. Boniface, on the other hand, had much higher motives; he wanted to see Saxons put their faith in the living Christ. He was often misunderstood because of the political problems of the time.
His first attempt to preach the gospel to the Saxons was in 716. Winfred had high hopes because others had preached the gospel there before. However, this attempt was aborted by war. After temporarily returning to England, Boniface went to Rome for the first of three visits. One of the bishops gave him an open letter of recommendation that would open doors for him when Boniface returned to Germany.Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Pray that today’s missionaries will have the pure motives of extending God’s Kingdom without polluting their work by serving political interests.