Daily Topic for February 23, 2007
Jesus’ words, spoken to His disciples following His resurrection, are the claims and commands of One who had proved His authority on earth-He had healed the sick, forgiven men’s sins, and conquered death itself. Who else could He be than Lord over all mankind? Since He is the Lord, is there any other reasonable response than to become His faithful disciples? And if we do respond in faith, we must then call others to become His disciples as well.
Master, we recognize and submit to Your loving rule. Honor Your Name as we obey Your command to make disciples of each of the world’s unreached peoples.
“She’s ‘Roma’ - a Gypsy - and you stay away from her!” Stanka shouted at her lovesick son. “But why? She’s so nice,” the son stuttered. “Don’t you know that when all the blacksmiths refused to make the nails for the crucifixion it was a Gypsy who made them? The nails then haunted him and his family so that they were forced to continually wander and steal for their living.”
And thus goes one of the legends that lends false credence to the discrimination that plagues this people group of about 12 million who are scattered across the world. They are most numerous in the Balkan states where they have a particularly active Muslim mystical community. Since WWII evangelical churches have sprouted up among them. Even so, complaints of thieving, mystical practices and living off of social welfare abound.
The hatred and physical attacks in eastern Europe have intensified in recent years. Romanian mobs beat to death two people, burned another alive and torched a Gypsy neighborhood. Slovakia, Hungary, Romania and Bulgaria still practice sterilization on Roma women, without their consent, according to a September 6th, 2006 article in the “Christian Science Monitor.”Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Take authority over the spiritual principalities and powers that have kept the Roma people bound for centuries. Ask God to strengthen, encourage, and protect the small number of Gypsy Christians and give them boldness to witness to their people. Ask that Gypsy hearts will turn to Jesus, and Him alone.-PE