Only Christ

Buddhism is culturally ingrained in Cambodian society–shrines are everywhere. Every hotel has a shrine where food offerings are set out each morning for the gods (or for ancestors), and incense is burned. Every time I pass this shrine in the courtyard of my hotel (Can you see the little house in the center?) I think of the Apostle Paul as he walked through Athens:

“Now while Paul was waiting…in Athens, his spirit was provoked within him as he saw that the city was full of idols.” Acts 17:16

When a person becomes a believer in Cambodia it is very difficult to separate from the culture. In America we have the same problem although our gods are not as in your face at these Buddhist gods. We have the god of materialism, the god of greed, the god of self and many others. Those same gods are here too.

Let’s be like Paul–May our spirits be provoked by what is around us and may we stand for Christ. Pray for those desiring to believe in Jesus Christ. Pray they will realize that Jesus is exclusive. It is Christ and no other. Only Christ, only Christ.


Author: pastor roger

Pastor Roger is retired Executive Director of Hope Now For Youth. Hope Now is a Christian rescue organization. The ministry helps young gang members get out of the gang life and into a job. He is a licensed pastor in Hope Now Bible Church where he preaches on various Sundays throughout the year and leads an adult Bible study during the week. He serves on the Board of Directors and assists the new executive director as the organization’s Director of Communications and Director of Cambodia Ministries. He graduated with High Honors from Moody Bible Institute with a Bachelors degree in Biblical Studies. He attended Riverside Community College, Biola College (University), and he received his certificate in Strategic Planning and Management in Retailing from Babson College. Roger was a member of the U.S. Coast Guard in the early 70s. In 1980 he began a 24-year career with Berean Christian Stores (now Lifeway Christian Stores). In 2000 he became president of the company and served in that position for four years. He became Executive Director and CEO of Hope Now For Youth in 2004 and retired from that position in 2018. He has traveled to Antarctica, Chile, Peru, Mexico, Canada, New Zealand, South Pacific Islands, Cambodia, Italy, France, Germany, Switzerland, United Kingdom, Jordan and Israel. In 1975 he married Carol and has two married daughters and eight grandchildren (Six grandsons and two granddaughters). He believes in the U.S. Constitution and supports all efforts to defend it. Roger enjoys learning how to be a better writer, coffee (not tea) reading, playing golf, watching (soon to be World Champions Dodgers) baseball, and hanging out with his grandkids.

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