A Prayer of Apology, Repentance, and Dedication to the Lord of the Harvest upon the 150th Anniversary of the Arrival of Protestant Christianity to Japan in 1859.
Dear Heavenly Father
We bow before thee in apology because we have slandered, libeled, maligned, and abused Your Holy Name and omnipotent power. We ask that You please forgive Your people for telling, reading and writing that it took You, Almighty God, 1500 years from the time Jesus died on the cross in 33A.D. to figure out how to evangelize the Japanese by first sending Francis Xavier.
You promised in Acts 1:8 that all power would be given to be your wise witnesses in Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria, and the uttermost parts of the earth in Acts 8:1, you cause great persecution and sent lay preachers all over the world. Your young thirty-year-old disciples obeyed Your great commission and scattered Mark to Egypt, Peter to Assyria, Thomas to India. We thank you for Dr. McByrie`s book on those twelve disciples` evangelistic lives.
We thank You, dear Father, for the Church Thomas built in 52A.D. in India. Had those young disciples and evangelists just walked slowly, they could have reached Japan in eight years. But we know that in four years they came-on horses, on camels, and by ships on the seas. And so, Father we ask you to forgive us for blotting out all the mighty works and great sacrifices made by those bold evangelists going by foot and by horse, preaching the gospel along seven different silk roads. In Your great plan, You had the Assyrians take the captured Jews to Assyria and place them in the mountain of Northern Iraq. We thank you that when they heard the word "He is Risen," and that Thomas had been martyred those Messianic Jews traveled in tribes all the way past Iraq, China, Korea and into Japan by 199A.D.
But Lord we know so little of all that happened in between 55A.D. and the day they left those mountains. Thank you O Lord for guiding Dr. Philip Jenkins of the University of Pennsylvania to write The Lost History of Christianity. The Thousand-Year Golden Age, a historical study of Christianity in Asia, the Middle East and Africa.
So Father forgive us, for this blasphemy is against Your Power, Your Name, and all the disciples, evangelists and missionaries who preached throughout Asia. Forgive us for assuming in history books, references, and tour guides that You were so impotent that all of Your twenty-two great attributes were not being used until that Jesuit from Portugal arrived in Japan 1549 years later.
We ask that you shed more light on the great missing 1900 years of the glorious Light of the World, Keikyo (the Hikan no Shukyo) Christianity.
And Jesus please forgive us for parroting the lie that after the fifth century "Nestroians" were "heretics" and to be written off as 'an evil sect.' Forgive us that 800 years of Your glorious history of martyrs and evangelists were erased by the one word 'heresy' until Dr. John M. L. Young's book, By Foot to China proved they were the evangelicals of their day.
Thank you also for Rev. Teshima`s book telling how CIM`s Hudson Taylor went to inland China searching for evidence of the 5000 Keikyo Churches.
Just as in 1995 the Pope of Rome and the Patriarch of the Assyrian Church of the East met and apologized for calling each other heretics, we ask You now Lord Jesus to get your flashlight of history out and reveal with your great light the 'Hikan' of the luminous bright light and shine it on that history, the unseen story of Keikyo.
Now as we are in 50 years have just dug into a tiny fraction of what should be known and brought it together, we pray to You, Lord Jesus to help it then go like a rolling snowball, gathering more and more momentum picking up pieces of evidence here and there until we can see the full picture of what You did in these last and lost 1900 years.
Thank you for the Koreans who held the First International Conference for the Study of Asian Christianity-Nestonanism (Keikyo) in November bringing 100 delegates from China, Korea, Iraq and Japan together. Thank you for Dr. David Chung`s trilingual books on Thomas coming to Korea by ship. Thank you also for more evidence of Keikyo`s roots in Vietnam, Indonesia, Mongolia, and the Philippines.
Lord, show us what we should and shouldn't do. Reveal the mistakes they made so that we don’t repeat them. Show us the great successes they had, so we can copy and share them. We thank You for the Gallup poll showing we have 4% of the Japanese calling themselves Christians, up from 1%. Lord, make that 40% like Korea.