Tuesday, January 3, 2012

"Jesus loves you fat"

This is the front of a business card sized tract that was being handed out by some newly arrived visitors (missionaries) here in Haiti. It has been printed in Haitian kreyĆ²l with the intended meaning of saying "Jesus loves you very much" but in actuality it says "Jesus loves you fat".
The reverse side of the card is even more embarrassing, quoting Romans 10:9 its deplorable grammar and mixed French explains how, "If we believe in our hearts that God gave Jesus a pay raise when He rose from the dead we will be saved".

I hope this makes you think about the importance of being prepared when taking the gospel across cultural and language barriers. Not that it should scare anyone from that work but it should motivate us to apply ourselves not only scholarly but in all practical aspects as well.

Just imagine for a minute a missionary coming into a people group of overweight people worshiping obesity because they think it will draw them closer to God. Kind of absurd? That's how fragile the word of God is in our ignorant hands. May we ever seek His wisdom and may we daily pray for those of us who are actively working to reach an "Unreached" people with the story of God's great love. And may we never look in disdain upon those who labor many seemingly "unfruitful" years in the field before presenting God's truth.

1 comment:

  1. Wow! I hope that gets back to the people that made them!
    Been thinking about you all during this busy time and all the changes that are happening.

    Matt & Heather