The message of the Bible is that because of human rebellion and idolatry, all people are hopelessly lost. Even our best works are unable to eliminate the guilt and shame of our sin. But God, in his great love, has made a way for us to be reconciled. Jesus died to pay the price for our sin, and forgiveness comes through personal faith. This message is as true and necessary for those of us living in the gospel-saturated West as it is for those living in isolation like the Sentinelese.
It is still necessary for a missionary to take the Christian gospel to the Sentinelese people. We may be critical of the methods used in this situation, but we cannot disregard the fact that the good news must be shared in order for these people to know the hope and salvation available to them in Christ.
Mr. Hlldreth is the Director of the Lewis A. Drummond Center for Great Commission Studies at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, N.C. He is writing about the missionary, John Chau, who was recently killed as he tried to proselytize an aboriginal people who live on an island off the coast of India. Notice the parts of his remarks that I have highlighted: Y’all are no damn good, and somehow or other we’ve got to lead the Sentinelese people to Jesus.
Bah. These people are idiots.