Over the years, an insidious notion has periodically expressed itself in our circles. The notion is that God is working in the 10/40 window, but he isn’t up to much here in Australia.
This mentality has led to the idea that our churches can be handled by the rich Americans. We’d much rather pour our time, energy, money, and leaders into some exotic mission field where the pickin’s aren’t so slim.
It’s time that we got this straight. Australia is our country. It’s our responsibility. And it’s time we stopped whinging and making excuses as to why we can’t do what God has clearly called and equipped us to do.
Don’t tell me people aren’t listening in Australia. That’s not true. You and I both know it.
Don’t tell me it’s impossible to build a stable ministry in Australia. The truth is—and it’s time someone said it—the reason our ministries are weak is because our ministries are a reflection of ourselves. The problem is not Australia and the problem is certainly not the gospel. The problem is us.
I’m sure there will be an audible gasp at what I’m saying, but the fact is, we’re all thinking it and it’s true.
Let’s forever erase from our mentality and our vocabulary the idea that Australia is a picked-over potato patch and that people here just don’t listen to the gospel. That’s a lie and the longer we wallow in the hopelessness and stupidity of it, the longer it will be before we get down to work doing what we’ve been called to do.
One more thing. I’m not having a go at American missionaries. I thank God for those who have ministered in our field. But the fact is, this is our field. The responsibility to preach Christ here is ours. They can help, and praise God when they do. But they have no reason to stay indefinitely, and if they do, we have a responsibility to be covering their full salary.
So it’s time we stopped getting up at conferences and discouraging young men from joining the harvest here in Australia. We ought to be challenging our young men to plant churches right here in our cities and preach in our pulpits. Yes, we have a commission and yes we have a mission, but the reason Australia’s light is not shining far abroad is because it’s not shining bright at home.
Australia is our country, our responsibility. Now let’s get to work.