Daily Topic for June 16, 2007

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.

Sunni Muslim Minang People of Indonesia

“Today is supposed to be the happiest day of my life, but I’m not happy-I’m not ready to marry!” the Minang girl thinks. Unfortunately, her family doesn’t share that sentiment. She must marry the stranger that her great uncle picked out for her. Not only will the husband acquire her family’s wealth, but he will also take her family name and move into their home next to her great-grandmother. Today it is common for a Minang man to leave home, even as a teenager, as he seeks wealth and respect. Divorce is also common among these people.

The Minangkabau (Minang) people are the world’s largest matrilineal society where the family name and inheritance is passed down through female lineage. As the fourth largest ethnic group in Indonesia, they come from the province of West Sumatra.

According to various sources, the Minangs are 99 percent Muslim. Because they have had an impact on nearly every aspect of Indonesian life, including the government and the arts, their power has given them a false sense of security, causing them to see no need for the gospel.

Learn more at joshuaproject.net

Pray that as more Minang men leave their home town to learn from schools or from experiences, they can return home wise to the gospel of Christ.-PS

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