Sometimes at night I sit on the front porch and gaze up at the stars. They glisten and flicker. They are a mesmerizing part of creation. They loudly declare the power and glory of my God, the Creator.
Psalm 19:1 "The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork."
It's amazing to me to think that as I look up at the stars, it will not be long until my family on the other side of the world will be able to look up at the sky and see the same display of beauty and wonder. I picture in my mind my oldest son, my mom, and my grandmother looking up at the night sky just as I do.
I also picture something else. That same night sky can be seen all over the world. It can be seen in the jungles of Africa. It can be seen in North Korea. It can be seen in the Arctic and in the Pacific Islands. They may have a slightly different view of stars than me, but the stars are there. The moon is there. Everyone has the same opportunity to see the creative work of God on display.
"What about the people in the jungles of Africa who have never heard of the name Jesus? How can they be judged?"
They look up at the night sky and they have a choice. They can respond to that display and say, "Someone created that. I want to know who." Or they can create their own truth and reject the light God has given them. They can worship creation or create their own version of a god, or they can acknowledge what their eyes see... that Someone bigger and greater than them created all things with beauty and perfect order. These things didn't happen by accident!
When we respond to the light God gives us, He gives more light. For the tribal people in the jungles who reject making creation their god and they reject the notion that they can create their own gods, He sends a missionary. He pricks the heart of someone to go to a strange place. God is not willing that any should perish. He wants everyone to be saved, even people in remote places. But we all have the same responsibility: to respond to the light that God gives us. When we see creation and the Spirit whispers in our hearts, "You didn't make this. I did. This didn't happen by chance," are we going to respond in faith?
The heavens are like the first page of a Gospel tract. If we read it and hunger for the second page, God will send the second page. If we read it and reject the truth it declares, then we have rejected God.