The Benefits That Western Societies Enjoy Because of Christianity

The Benefits That Western Societies Enjoy Because of Christianity February 22, 2019

If the Apostle Paul had not brought the Good News to Europe, foundational principles such as freedom and human dignity would not be part of the Western heritage. Because the Holy Spirit instructed him to turn away from Asia and go west, Western nations have been blessed with their systems of law and economics—the principles that made them rich and free.

The Benefits That Western Societies Enjoy Because of Christianity - KP Yohannan - Gospel for Asia

Think a moment about the vast difference between your country and the poorer nations of the world.

  • While many of us struggle with our weight, the poor in this world struggle to find their next meal. In most countries where GFA is supporting indigenous pastors, the gross national income per person was approximately US$1,500 a year as of 2014. By contrast, in some of the most economically developed regions of the world it was more than US$50,000 a year. And Christians in these countries, because they tend to live in the upper half of the economy, earn even more!
  • In addition to freedom from want, people in most of these free nations enjoy freedom of speech, press and assembly; freedom of religion; freedom to choose where and how to live; and freedom to organize themselves to correct injustices and problems both at home and abroad.
  • Large numbers of service networks in communications, education, finance, mass media and transportation add to the quality of life in the West. Not having these services available is an enormous handicap to people living in nations with less fortunate circumstances.
  • Finally, few domestic needs exist. Although unemployment is a serious problem in some areas, it is many times higher in nearly every country of the Two-Thirds World. How many of us can comprehend the suffering of the millions of homeless and starving people in nations like Bangladesh? Overseas the problems are on a grand scale.

This is just a short list of the many advantages of living in the more affluent world where benefits have come largely because of a biblical faith.

Count Your Blessings
All people everywhere, and especially Westerners, have so much to be thankful for. Wherever you are in the world, make a list today of the freedoms and comforts available to you that others live without. Thank God for those blessings today.

Dr. KP Yohannan, founder and director of Gospel for Asia, has written more than 200 books, including Revolution in World Missions, an international bestseller with more than 4 million copies in print. He and his wife, Gisela, have two grown children, Daniel and Sarah, who both serve the Lord with their families.

Gospel for Asia has been serving the “least of these” in Asia since its beginning in 1979, often in places where no one else is serving. GFA supports national workers who are serving as the hands and feet of Christ by ministering to people’s needs so they can understand the love of God for them for the first time. GFA is engaged in dozens of projects, such as caring for poor children, slum dwellers and widows and orphans; providing clean water by funding wells; supporting medical missions; and meeting the needs of those in leprosy colonies. Through GFA’s Bridge of Hope Program, tens of thousands of children are being rescued from the generational curses of poverty and hopelessness.

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  • Monty

    It’s nice to see a comment on the blessings that Christanity has brought to the world. Those who savage the West, which is of course far from perfect, should try living in North Korea, the Sudan, Saudi Arabia or Iraq. Critics should, but don’t, consider why so many nations suffer such poor living standards. The critics I talk to just blame the West for being somehow responsible for the state of the whole world. Of course, there is also the “religion is the problem” Response. So why are atheist societies universally such basket cases? North Korea should be a shining light of moderation, liberty, prosperity, health and general welfare. The former communists states were never as prosperous and productive as the “Christian” countries.

  • LyveWyre7

    If everyone lived as the Lord Christ instructed us to live, our societies would be so much safer, more collaborative, and more prosperous. The Christian world is the ideal world. We can care for ourselves and others while we worship and enjoy a relationship with God the Father. <3

  • Jae Perez

    It’s hard to come into terms with the present economic inequality between these countries. I am no history buff but I believe we all had our share of hardships to be where we are today. But given this present situation, I would like to push for more education and mobilization of the more developed countries to take part in the ministry that Gospel for Asia and like-minded FBO’s are doing. Most Christians have been brought up to just be minding their own faith, their own salvation and their own church. We need to wake them up and make them do their share in proclaiming the goodnews and making Christ known and His love manifested in the society. They don’t know so they don’t care. But once they know, am sure the Holy Spirit will stir their hearts to be involved. We need more mobilizers to awaken these sleeping and complacent Christians. Let’s go!!!

  • Cherokee Strip

    Everybody has their own calling or role in the Kingdom of God. Some are called on being the hand (worker), the feet (Missionary), the mouth (Evangelist), etc. All of this wouldn’t be possible without your prayers.