Three Blocks Away

I’m sure I mentioned at one time or another that I was born and raised in Southern California (SO CAL). Back in the forties and fifties SO CAL was a whole different place than what it is today. It was much easier to be a Christian back then as I’m sure it was in many places across the U.S. My mother, bless her soul, is still living in SO CAL, albeit in a nursing home. 

I have never been to the likes of Sodom and Gomorrah, but I would be willing to bet that in many places in Southern California the people are just as bad. That’s not to say there aren’t any Christ followers there, but there are a lot of people living without hope and without God. (Ephesians 2:12) Proportionally, I would have to say there are many more unrighteous people living out in Southern California than righteous. 

And to say, Campus Crusade for Christ got its start at the University of California Los Angeles in the early fifties, then ten years later moved to San Bernardino, CA, my home town. Today, their headquarters is located right next door to us in Orlando. Many other Christian organizations that got their start in Southern California have moved out of the area because they found it nearly impossible to convert the unrighteous. Many of the business people I have met in SO CAL could care less that God so loved the world that he gave his one and only son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life (John 3:16). Their God is money and the only thing they care about is themselves (James 2:9).

Understand this is one person’s opinion, my own. For years now I’ve banged on office doors wanting to know why we send all of these folks on mission trips to foreign lands when we have hurting people living three blocks from the church. I’m not saying we should stop sending missionaries out of the country, because many people groups around the globe need our help too. 

But can you imagine if all the people living in the State of California became Christ followers, what a witness that would make to the rest of the world? What about us as a county, a town, a church; how can we impact the world for God (Ephesians 2:19). Join with me in prayer, for our country, county, town, and church for a Godly impact!

(Fred Leonard)
Scripture references from NIV unless otherwise noted.

Based on Walking in Holiness and Purity on June 16th, 2018 - Watch Sermon

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