Major media outlets have noted the rise in the number of Americans giving up their citizenship and moving to other countries. When a co-founder of Facebook moved to Singapore last month, the trend got noticed.
Now that the Supreme Court has upheld Obamacare as a tax in its ruling this morning, the Internet chatter about moving abroad picked up suddenly.
I noted on Twitter earlier that one American, on the wave of this trend, wrote about moving to Brazil for socio-economic reasons. I asked the question there, and I repeat it here: Why don’t you do it for spiritual reasons?
Urban anthropology considered migratory movements according to push and pull factors. Leaving the US because of high taxes and hard times would be a push factor. I suggest that leaving the country in order to fulfill the mission of God is a pull factor of a greater magnitude.
Brazil provides many advantages to those seeking opportunities to serve the Lord. Even if you’re not the pioneer type to start new congregations, plugging into existing congregations will reinforce their work. Manpower is needed across the country in every work and area of ministry imaginable.
There are personal advantages as well. Tired of tornados? Brazil has none. Concerned about earthquakes? Nothing shaking the ground here. Winter temps and storms rough on you? Try a tropical or subtropical climate. Like fresh fruits and vegetables? We’ve got them, cheap.
Family spirituality can be enhanced. Instead of the age ghettos of most churches, where the youth have little to do with adults, for example, Brazilian churches often do things that involve all ages. Families can be more united in the Lord and his work.
People move for many reasons, and hard economic times in the US are spurring a growing exodus of Americans. In the 1970s, saints got excited about an exodus movement to the northeast states, and dozens of New Testament Christians moved to start new churches or bolster existing ones.
Why don’t we let the growing dissatisfaction in the moral and financial status of the States encourage us to consider another country like Brazil in order to contribute to Christ’s cause to which we have been called?