The problem isn't that gospel tracts are not effective
in America, the problem is that the culture in America has changed,
but our gospel tracts have not.
American culture is growing less, and less Christian.
Most American's call themselves Christian, but they don't actually
know what that means... and they have little Bible knowledge.
In the past there was more of a Christian foundation. Now there
is more myth.
In America a gospel tract that assumes the reader
has some Biblical foundation, is a gospel tract that does not
deliver its message. For example, few people in America know what
the word "sin" means. So if the tract says "Jesus
died to forgive your sins." That sentence has no meaning,
because the reader "knows" they are not a sinner.
An effective gospel tract first needs to build a
foundation. It has to create an understanding of sin. An understanding
that, because we've broken God's laws (sin), we will be justly
punished by God. Once that foundational fact has been established,
then the gospel will make sense. But until a person realizes they
are a sinner (that they've broken God's laws) the gospel does
will not make sense to them.
The gospel is the same in every culture, every country,
and every people group. It is a universal truth. Sin is also the
same in every culture, every nation and every people group. The
problem in America is that we have forgotten what sin is. We needed
to be reminded to listen to our conscience. God has written His
law in everyone's heart -- that's what we call our conscience.
In America a gospel tract first needs to wake up the conscience,
and then deliver the good news about what God has done to save
us from the consequences of our sin.
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