Thursday, October 16, 2008

Squeamish faith

Part of following Jesus means to go down his path. But it makes us squeamish when it involves pain.

I’ve been following the Christian believers in India in the state of Orissa. Thirty-four have died because of their non-Hindu stance.

India is a federal republic, with 28 states and a population of 1.1 billion (as of July 2008).

Although their legal system is based on the English common law, separate personal law codes apply to Muslims, Christians, and Hindus. That may be where the rub is.

I have friends in India who report that the Orissa Christians are hiding in the woods now, away from the Hindus. At last report, 34 Christians have died because they are followers of Jesus.

Died.

Please read this update. And please take this seriously. Not only do these believers need our prayers, but we need to check our own attitudes. Can we follow Jesus if it means shedding our own indulgences and falling before him as faithful servants?

Where’s my satisfaction? And would I die for it?

For he has graciously granted you the privilege not only of believing in Christ, but of suffering for him as well

Phil 1:29

2 comments:

The Small Scribbler said...

Our worship leader has been reading us letters from a pastor from this area. It's heartbreaking.

Kate

Cicilia said...

I appreciate the question - Where is your satisfaction?

It's making me think. What a great post Mom. It's great to be able to see what's going on in your heart right now.

Love,
Cis