Daily Topic for June 07, 2007
Was the apostle Paul too proud to preach the gospel where it had already been proclaimed? No, that was not the issue. He simply wanted to make the best use of his life and spend his energies in planting the church where it had not yet been established. To keep that vision ever visible, one contemporary mission board has even placed its goal prominently in its name: Regions Beyond Missionary Union.
Father, keep us from complacency and satisfaction with what has already been accomplished in world evangelization. Lead us to pray for, send missionaries to, and go to the regions beyond.
In most countries, Muslims could live their entire lives and possibly never meet an open follower of Jesus. By contrast, the Malays of Singapore encounter non-Muslims daily. About 15 percent of their neighbors profess faith in Christ. The skyline shows mosques, churches, Hindu and Buddhist temples. Still, the Malays remain closed to other faiths, especially Christianity. Their identity remains wrapped in the slogan, “To be Malay is to be Muslim.”
Upon independence, Singapore Malays initially sought rural areas to maintain their traditional lifestyle. More recently, they have integrated into mainstream urban life in Singapore. This gives them daily contact with other faiths. But while government policies encourage tolerance, edicts restrict opportunities for followers of Jesus to share their faith. Some groups’ efforts to evangelize have stirred concern that this would disrupt the spirit of harmony. Singaporean leaders referred to “insensitive evangelization” and emphasized the virtue of religious tolerance. They have even threatened detention without trial for religious extremists.Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Pray that followers of Jesus will find and implement acceptable ways of sharing their faith. Pray that God will call out of the Malay people those he has chosen for his church. Pray that Jesus’ people will live a life of gentle love to melt the hearts of the Malay Muslims.-EF