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 –
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.
(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.