People in Japan are so good! Among nations that have at least 10 million in population, Japan has the lowest crime rate. The rest of the world wonders why.
A major reason could be the virtues of Shintoism that are embedded in the culture. Shintoism can be broken down into four virtues that Japanese people learn from a young age. People are to be: Clean (jyou 浄), Bright (mei 明), Honest sei 正), and on the Right path (choku 直). It also teaches that bad things come from the outside. These virtues are overwhelmingly common thoughts among Japanese people!
Just come and see—clean streets, bright shops, honest store keepers, and even honest used car salesmen! People are well-mannered, polite, and almost always do what seems right as is fitting to the culture.
If only the gospel were that good people go to heaven. However, Jesus said, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick” (Matt. 9:12 NIV). The goodness of the people of Japan does not meet the requirements of a holy God.
The Bible tells us that a clean heart can only come from a holy God who provided the means and the method of salvation through Jesus the perfect sacrifice for sin. Please pray for God’s light to shine bright, to bring the truth of the gospel to clean the hearts of the Japanese people.
By Tim, an OMF missionary
Will you pray for Japan?
- Pray that the truth of the gospel will be known wide and far in Japan.
- Pray for Japanese people who struggle to uphold the values of their society, that they will seek Savior who doesn’t require perfection.
- Pray that our eyes won’t be blinded to the true state of Japanese hearts.