This Easter, the Associated Press released an article highlighting a minority religion in Japan—Christianity. As mentioned in the article, less than one percent of the population is Christian. I’m guessing that number includes not only Protestants, but Roman Catholics and Eastern Orthodox Christians as well. Clearly, Christianity is slow moving there.
This does not mean there is little worship in Japan. All the people of Japan are worshiping something. Everyone finds something to devote themselves to and everyone preaches some kind of good news. People say things like, “Soccer is much more than a sport. It is a way of life.” or “He was a wise man who invented beer.”
What is Japan devoted to? My friend in Japan says the people there are devoted to work. In one study, Japan works the most hours on average in the world. Whatever their devotion may be, the recent death and destruction in Japan would make anyone contemplate what is worth our worship. I pray Japan finds their way, for Paul once said:
…he made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined allotted periods and the boundaries of their dwelling place, that they should seek God, in the hope that they might feel their way toward him and find him. Yet he is actually not far from each one of us (Acts 17:26-27)
I want to learn more about Japan and the humble Christian movement there. This June, I will be taking a short trip to Japan to visit my friend and his church, J-House, in Osaka. I have my ticket purchased and my passport ready. This will be my first time leaving the States. I welcome your prayers, but more importantly, we should pray for the people of Japan. Let us pray that they “think beyond physical reconstruction to spiritual resurrection.”