Some years ago, when i would have been more inclined to answer if forced to answer the question “do you believe in god?” with no, i was truly puzzled about a report watched in TV.
In the usual posture as if they had to offer some ground breaking and shocking news, the story was told of some “undercover”-journalists, who had under false pretense and with hidden camera attended a training center for young people (but over 18) run by some evangelist group. The journalists actually caught on camera someone telling to young people, that they would be fulfilling Gods will if they tried to bring Gods word to non-christians in an attempt to convert them to christianity. And that that could mean doing it even in Afghanistan or some other place, where someone might kill you for spreading Gods word.
Now in a cynical sense those journalists were truly hilarious, in a sense they might as well have been saying:
“Did you hear this astonishing and shocking news? There are christians, who want to run around the world to convert non-christians and they even risk their live doing so and accept that risk. Realy astonishing, never heard of it.”
Just funny to have such quality journalists (or depressing if you arent a cynic), even a casual study of christianity could have revealed that its founder (Jesus), his most important disciple (Peter) and the most important person not personally knowing the founder (Paul) all three met the fate of going somewhere to spread the message in full knowledge of the risk and actually got killed for doing so. So how any idiot can implythat this is something new is beyond understanding.
But it left me with an important question, which i have no answer to:
Why does it seem to happen so seldom today, that the Church or catholics on their own try to spread Gods word in places where some people are likely to act against them?
I know for example of no organized effort by the church to convert the inhabitants of Afghanistan and Iraq or other muslimcountries to christianity. It seems more, that missionary work today is limited to low or no risk activities. Why?
Or am i mistaken about that?
(To be honest the question did only truly form in mymind, when i mused recently why the Church was so soft on Priest abusing children. I would probably tell them that for repentance they should go on a pilgramage to the suspected grave site of St. Ernest and preach Gods word on the way - connection to question obcious, when you check where that grave is probably.)