In an overlooked chapter of history General Douglas MacArthur, upon taking oversight of Japan at the close of WWII pleaded with denominational leaders, “Send me Bibles and give me Missionaries and I will give you a Christian Nation.” Japans ancestral deities and emperor god were no longer omnipotent in their eyes. The General knew they would become a Christian Nation – a Sheep Nation – if they met Jesus. The God of radical goodness, healing and provision.
Some answered the call but overall the American response was weak and we lost a window to a nation. America won the ideological battle against Nazi Germany, Emperor worship in Japan and even later with the collapse of the Berlin wall we won against Stalin’s Soviet style communism. Our failure was that we won the battle of Global influence but lost the war of ultimate ideas! Much like toppling Saddam Hussein in Iraq – we knew how to win wars but not how to occupy what we landed in once we got there.
What did we export to the world? We exported our idea of democracy, economics and consumerism. Bill Gates and Steve Jobs would belt the world with computers and smart phones. The music industry evangelized with Rock-n-Roll sex and drugs and Hollywood belted the world with…well, Hollywood. Ironically, after Iraq, Jerry Springer became the number one exported television show into the Arab world educating god fearing Moslems on the decadence and decay of Americas godless Christian culture.
Curiously, even if Japan did not get what MacArthur wanted, South Korea has become the number #1 mission sending nation in the world.
You won’t find MacArthurs request in most history books.
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