Yesterday, Evelyn and I received a letter from a long-standing friend in Scotland. The writer was informing us of what was happening in the town that we served and ministered to for nine years. She was keeping us up to date on people that we knew, and of events that we once participated in. At the end of the letter, she once again asked us to come back to Scotland. The Scottish people need strong ministers, she opined, because we’re losing our Christian faith.
I’ve watched this happen to Scotland ever since we left. What was once a strong Christian country has become a secular, humanistic nation. Gone are the days of Scottish churches raising amazing missionaries like Mungo Park, David Livingston, Mary Slessor, and Eric Liddel. Instead, the churches are declining and Scotland is sadly becoming a godless nation.
I would love to go back on a mission to rekindle the faith, to replant churches, and to raise a new generation of fearless Scottish Christians, who could win Caledonia for Christ again. But it seems that the line in the sand is being drawn here in America. To me, the United States is the last, great hope of keeping Western Christianity alive.
I believe that godless chatter has made Scotland more and more ungodly. It sounds harsh, but sometimes reality is that way. My work over here is to consolidate faith and strengthen the local church because one day, Christian missionaries may be raised up amongst us who will go over to Scotland to reclaim that precious kingdom for Christ. That is one of my deepest hopes for the future.
So this morning, I humbly ask us to pray for Scotland and its cherished people.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, in the midst of these godless times, raise up Christian leaders and missionaries whose hearts are on fire for You. We pray especially for Scotland and its entire people. We ask that You will send revival to the church, faith to the fearful, and hope to the helpless. Turn the tide of secular humanism and allow that dear nation to rekindle its Christian love and service to Your Kingdom. In Your Holy Name, we pray. Amen.
John Stuart is the pastor of Erin Presbyterian Church in Knoxville, Tennessee. If you would like to comment on today’s message, please send him an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.