On a mission reaching out to “outsiders”, “rejected” and “depressed”

Philippians 2:1 – So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy,

Japan is known to be a stressful nation.

Japanese society has a long standing social problem with suicide and there are more disturbing issues people won’t want to talk about easily in public –

 

hikikomori ひきこもり or 引き籠り

 

A deep rooted cause has to be –

 

Excessive demands and expectation some of which preternatural

 

For example a school girl was forced to dye her hair black to conform to her school policy and ideology insisting that black hair is unique to being Japanese.

But she was born with natural dark brown hair!

Such preternatural demands and expectations is driving people crazy and causing unnecessary stress and depression.

Human behavior should not be defined by “Japanese-ness

Foreigners in Japan who are subjected to “Japanese-ness” are even ostracized, condemned and separated.

People have been driven to isolation, depression and loneliness.

This is no good.

 

We are created by God

 

Acts 17:28 – for “‘In him we live and move and have our being’; as even some of your own poets have said, “‘For we are indeed his offspring.’

 

In Christ Jesus we are who we are regardless of skin color and nationalities.

We need to overcome discrimination and prejudice with the words and promises of God

Japanese themselves have become victim of their own enforced homogeneous policies and ideology and this has made things even more difficult for foreigners.

People should not be judged by their skin colors and nationalities.

 

(Leviticus 19:33-34) – “When a stranger sojourns with you in your land, you shall not do him wrong. You shall treat the stranger who sojourns with you as the native among you, and you shall love him as yourself, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God.

 

(Hebrews 13:2) – Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.

 

We need to promote a society of grace, welcoming and encouragement

We need to embrace the will of God and reach out to foreigners and outsiders.

It is very shocking to hear of government official wanting to implement apartheid in Japan!

Japanese author Ayako Sono, a former adviser to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe proposed –

“Let Them In – But Keep a Distance” – “People can carry out business and research together, and socialize together, but they should live apart,” she wrote.

What is she thinking?

What is even more shocking is this person who embraces apartheid is supposing a Christian!

As long as lawmakers and policy holders have that kind of mentality, this is no good!

 

We need to return to the words and teachings of Jesus Christ that promotes real peaceful community living through acceptance and grace according to the will of God.

 

Galatians 3:28 – There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.

 

Galatians 5:6 – For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision counts for anything, but only faith working through love.

 

Colossians 3:11– Here there is no Gentile or Jew, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave or free, but Christ is all, and is in all.

 

The way to effective Gospel outreach and to ensure permanent fruits that will remains is to train and equip locals to be outward looking, reaching beyond their own race and nationalities, breaking their own social norms which contradict the words and promises of God.

Mission outreach must avoid any platform to exclusiveness for a certain race and negligence to the lost, the outcast and the pilgrims.

 

In-His-Service

David Z

Faith

(Romans 3:21-26)

But now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law, although the Law and the Prophets bear witness to it— the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe.

For there is no distinction: for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith.

This was to show God’s righteousness, because in his divine forbearance he had passed over former sins. It was to show his righteousness at the present time, so that he might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.

 

This faith Paul referred to has everything to do with Jesus.

 

Faith is about our trust and confidence in Jesus …. and we need to know what had Jesus done and how to response.

 

This faith mentioned in Romans centered on Jesus redemption for humanity.

We will not know in details what Jesus had done to save us if we don’t hear and study and believe what had been published and made known about Jesus and God’s salvation plan for humanity.

 

We could not understand anything about faith, if God had never revealed it to us through Jesus.

 

Faith is not a personal emotional issue, not a human idea.

 

Faith in Jesus is a God-given gift.

 

Faith is a God-given ability to trust that God will save us and guide us as according to His promises.

This faith needed to be received by responding to the Gospel message, although God have already provided

 

(Matthew 7:7)

“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.”

 

God’s gift of eternal life through Jesus has been made available but we need to ask to receive.

This faith in Christ reveals to us God’s standard and provision of righteousness to save us and to redeem us from death and eternal lost.

The Old Testament Law and Prophets taught us great details about righteousness, and we knew by our own self we do not have what we needed to receive eternal life. The requirements of the law which is set by God revealed to us the one and only perfect sinless person who has the ability to present atonement sacrifice for sin and will be accepted.

 

Jesus offered his entire self as atonement for our sin.

Jesus death, burial and resurrection from the dead, is the infallible proof he is God’s appointed Messiah.

 

(Hebrews 10:12)

But when Christ had offered for all time a single sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God

 

Our faith in Jesus is based on the fulfillment of God’s promises.

Our faith in Jesus is based on Jesus’ fulfillment of God’s will in totality and completeness.

Jesus is our redeemer, our savior, our hope.

 

(Hebrews 10:19-23)

19 Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the holy places by the blood of Jesus,

20 by the new and living way that he opened for us through the curtain, that is, through his flesh,

21 and since we have a great priest over the house of God,

22 let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water.

23 Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful

 

Therefore we focus our attention on Jesus and abide in His commandments.

 

In-His-Service

David Z