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THE GREATEST YEAR IN HUMAN HISTORY

According to Nicolas Kristof, the esteemed columnist for the NY Times, the greatest year is human history was…

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The year of our Lord 2017!

Are you shocked? With so much negativity and doom and gloom, this is certainly a different voice. Why does Kristof make what may seem like such a ludicrous claim?

Well, he points out the following:

A smaller share of the world’s people were hungry, impoverished or illiterate than at any time before. A smaller proportion of children died than ever before. The proportion disfigured by leprosy, blinded by diseases like trachoma or suffering from other ailments also fell… Every day, the number of people around the world living in extreme poverty (less than about $2 a day) goes down by 217,000, according to calculations by Max Roser, an Oxford University economist who runs a website called Our World in Data. Every day, 325,000 more people gain access to electricity. And 300,000 more gain access to clean drinking water…
As recently as the 1960s, a majority of humans had always been illiterate and lived in extreme poverty. Now fewer than 15 percent are illiterate, and fewer than 10 percent live in extreme poverty… Just since 1990, the lives of more than 100 million children have been saved by vaccinations, diarrhea treatment, breast-feeding promotion and other simple steps.
You are welcome to read his article in full. In a world where good news is hard to find, and the popular media keeps bad news ever before us, these are signs of God’s grace at work in a fallen world. They are signs that many people are listening “to the better angels of their nature” and making this world a better place in which to live.

What about the spread of the Gospel, which is a paramount importance to followers of Jesus? Progress is also being made there! According to the Center for Study of Global Christianity, the number of Christians on earth increased 1.3% from 2000 to 2018, which is ahead of the increase in global population. The percentage of Christians in the world trended up from 32.4% in 2000 to 33% today. The percentage of non-Christians in the world who know a Christian also went up, from 17.6% to 18.4%. Financial giving to Christian causes went up, as did the number of missionaries and Christian workers. The percentage of unevangelized people in the world has dramatically declined from 54.3% in 1900 to 30% in 2000 to 28.3% today! This is all because Jesus followers are living out their faith in bold, beautiful, and amazing ways.

Isn’t this a good time to pause for a moment and praise God from whom all blessings flow?!

Of course, significant challenges remain, but more and more of God’s people are responding to the gospel call to invest their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor in living the generous Christian life.

At Crosswalk, our purpose is to be a community that connects people to Jesus and to each other, and our mission (the way we accomplish our purpose) is to passionately demonstrate the love of Jesus. Will you dedicate yourself to be a bringer of good news? I encourage you to be a part of what God is doing in the world today!

Love in the Lord,

Pastor John