Daily Topic for June 16, 2006

Ephesians 3:6
...the Gentiles are heirs together with Israel, members together of one body, and sharers together in the promise in Christ Jesus.

The idea that the Gentiles are equally acceptable to God was a theme the apostles emphasized repeatedly. Is it hard for us to understand that there is no distinction in Christ Jesus? Can we believe that God is pleased with worship that doesn’t necessarily feature pipe organs (or guitars), hymnals (or choruses), and Scripture readings from the King James Version (or Living Bible)? Do other cultural forms of worship and nurture offend Him? No! It is His plan to make individuals from all the people groups of the world fellow-heirs and fellow-members of the Body and partakers of the promise.

Father, help us to overcome our blindness and prejudice so that we may appreciate the beauty of the many-faceted global body of Jesus Christ.

Buddhist Burmese People on Guam

T.J., serving with Church World Services, typed on the keyboard of a rusty typewriter at the processing camp on the steamy tropical island of Guam. There were 25 people in the room; men, women and children of all ages. Only an aquarium full of tropical fish kept these Burmese asylum seekers amused.

“We have been persecuted because we are Christians,” said a middle aged man. T.J., originally from Michigan, had to make a judgment call. Most of the people he’d processed today claimed to be Christians. A rumor had started that Christians were more likely to be granted asylum. T.J. saw that the man’s wife held a book with a picture of Buddha on it. They probably wouldn’t be able to answer questions about the Bible that his first grade Sunday school class in Michigan would be able to answer.

There is another reason why Burmese Buddhists seek asylum in Guam. Those who do anything to protest their government’s policies are brutally oppressed. Myanmar’s secret police have sent thousands of Burmese fleeing to places like the U.S. Territory of Guam. They hope that Guam is a way station for them, and that they will eventually wind up starting a new life in the United States.

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Pray that God will provide protection and mercy for the Burmese Buddhists in Guam. May God show these asylum seekers that the path to true security and hope would be found in Jesus Christ.-WK

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