Daily Topic for October 30, 2006

Ruth 4:14
"Praise be to the Lord, who this day has not left you without a kinsman-redeemer. May he become famous throughout Israel!"

Naomi’s friends praised God for not leaving her without a kinsman-redeemer, and we, too, rejoice that God did not leave us without a kinsman-redeemer. He has blessed us by giving us His Son, Jesus, who as Boaz’ descendant was indeed “made famous” throughout Israel. And God desires that we declare to all of the world’s peoples that their Kinsman-Redeemer lives. Let us do so joyfully and diligently in this restless world.

Father, we do praise You for giving us Jesus, our Kinsman-Redeemer. We want to sound His praises to the ends of the earth!

Sikhs in Pakistan

“I am proud to be a Pakistani and to be joining the Pakistan Army. Being the first Sikh cadet, I wish and pray also to be the first one to be a ‘shaheed’ (martyr).” These were the words of Singh as he was being commissioned as an officer at the Pakistan Military Academy at Kakul in April. Tears filled his mother’s eyes as she looked on knowing the tests and trials that her son was to face, yet she was very proud of him.

The core doctrines of Sikhism are based on a belief in one God and the teachings of the Ten Gurus, enshrined in Guru Granth (book) Sahib (master), the Sikh holy book. Sikhs do not believe in heaven or hell, but a spiritual union with God which results in salvation and rebirth. The first Sikhs hoped that their religion would be a bridge between the Muslims to their west and the Hindus to their east. Instead, they were hated by both.

After the English colonizers left South Asia in 1947, Pakistan split from India to form a separate Muslim country. Because of persecution, most Hindus and Sikhs left Pakistan. Today there are only a few thousand Sikhs in Pakistan. They have experienced religious persecution from the Pakistani government officials including destruction of their worship sites. It is very unusual for Sikhs to join the Pakistani army.

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Pray that the Sikhs in Pakistan will come to understand and receive God’s gift of salvation through Christ.-PD

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