As I sit here on a slow train going across China I reflect on many things... But there is one main thing that I have been deep in thought about over the past few months and especially the last few weeks that I’ve kept forgetting to write about... John Chau
You’ve probably forgotten by now so I’ll quickly refresh your memory about this man. To put it simply John was a Jesus follower and world traveler. John was a Christian but not like any “Christian” he was actually someone who LOVED Jesus and His neighbors.
John Chau is that guy who got murdered while trying to reach the most closed off tribe in the world with the gospel around 3 months ago. Now you probably know who I’m talking about. The dude that countless people mocked, who knows maybe even you thought he was stupid.
Many people thought this man was a fool and you want to know something? He was fool in the eyes of the world. But he should NOT be a fool in our eyes!!! Rather he should be an example of what it means to be a Christian and to really love Christ!
Before I write anymore I want you to read this to understand what happened on November 17, 2018. It taken from newyorker.com...
(In October, he travelled to Port Blair, the capital of the Andaman Islands and a tourist destination with a population of more than a hundred thousand near North Sentinel, and sequestered himself in a safe house, which he describes in his journals as a kind of self-imposed quarantine, to protect the North Sentinelese from disease. He watched his tan fade and read “Lives of the Three Mrs. Judsons,” a biography that follows the wives of Adoniram Judson, who evangelized in Burma during the early eighteen-hundreds. “I’m in awe of how GREAT our God is,” he wrote in his journal, on November 14th. “Even my heritage points to you—me, an American citizen, part Irish, part Native American (Choctaw) part African, and part Chinese and Southeast Asian—thank you Father for using me, for shaping me and molding me to be your ambassador.”
Around 8:30 a.m. on November 15th, local fishermen—who, Chau wrote, were fellow-Christians—took him close to North Sentinel by boat. In 2006, the islanders had killed two men who washed up on their shore, and the fishermen refused to land, so Chau climbed into a kayak to paddle closer on his own. He was within four hundred yards of shore when North Sentinelese men approached, armed with bows and arrows. Chau tried to offer them fish he had brought as a gift. “I hollered ‘my name is John, I love you and Jesus loves you,’ ” he wrote. But the armed men kept approaching, so Chau pushed the fish toward them in the water and paddled away as fast as he could. “Well, I’ve been shot by the Sentinelese,” he wrote. Later that day, on his next approach, a boy fired an arrow at him, which pierced his waterproof Bible but left him largely unscathed. (Chau had brought dental forceps in case he needed to pry an arrow out of his body.) He wrote in his journal that the attack had rattled him: “It’s weird - actually no, it’s natural: I’m scared.” Then he wrote directly to God: “If you want me to get actually shot, or even killed with an arrow then so be it. I think I could be more useful alive though, but to you, God, I give all the glory of whatever happens. I DON’T WANT to die.”
....The next day (November 17) he ventured to the island again and never returned. We don’t know exactly how he died, but the fishermen claim that they saw the North Sentinelese dragging his body on the beach and burying it.”)
As you read that do you find your self inspired by his commitment or judging him for his “stupidness?”
I first heard the sad but incredible news about his death while scrolling on Facebook in Central America I remember stopping and praising God for this brother in Christ who was just martyred. Over the next weeks as I occasionally scrolled on Facebook I saw something much more saddening then his death. I saw both Christians and along with non Christians bashing what John did. People were literally mocking a man who was just murdered. My heart broke especially when I read comments from people that claimed to be Christians say that he should should have left the North Sentinelese alone. How could any follower of Christ say something so wicked? All that John did was obey Christ when He told us to go into ALL the world and preach the Gospel!!! How much do we have to hate someone not to let them know about the Good News!
If your definition of being Christian involves being comfortable then I hate to say this but you don’t really know Jesus. We as Christians need to take risks even if those risks lead us to our death here on earth. We can’t be self focused little namby pamby kings and queens hiding behind our castle walls. We can’t stay in our little safe bubbles. We can’t sit around anymore, y’all!!!! There are billions yes BILLIONS of people who have never ever like NEVER even heard the gospel once in their life. There are millions of “islands” around the world that have not a single Christian along them.
Are we going to rise up and reach the lost, the dying, and the broken or are going to sit idly by on our couches, our coffee shop seats, and our church pews?
Do our hearts even break for those enslaved to their sin, those who haven’t heard the good news, those shut off in total darkness?
Maybe you are just waiting to raptured or thinking that the world is getting better so there is no reason to reach the lost... Well that’s wrong, that’s sin. Yup it’s sin because the Bible commands us to GO.
May we commit our lives fully to the One who saved us from our sins! May we die to ourselves! May we take up our cross and follow Him! May we GOOOOOOO into this world and turn it upside down! May we fight against the darkness! May we be salt and light!!!! May we tell the perishing the AMAZING NEWS of Jesus!!!!!!!
Come on y’all GET UP! Don’t look back! Life is too short to sit around and play it safe! We have a world that needs to know about our savior!!!!!!!! Let’s follow in John’s footsteps!!!!
THE TIME IS NOW!!!!!! RISK IT ALL!!!!!!!
Side note: when I grow up I want to be like brother John. I’ll probably die young on some mission or if the Lord wills die at an old age trying my best to still serve Him. So yeah if you ever hear that I’m dead please don’t mourn for me but rather pick up where I left off wherever and whenever that is. God is soooooooo worthy y’all! Let’s not be idle.