Daily Topic for July 11, 2008
God is no respecter of persons. First-century Jews believed that God wanted their own people to be saved, but they were much less sure about His concern for non-Jews. Surely many of the first-century Gentile Christians struggled with similar prejudices. Our natural tendency is to think that God loves us a bit more than people who are different from us.
Father, forgive our frequent self-centeredness. Lead us into sacrificial love for peoples who differ from ourselves. Give us love and grave for others.
One of the quickest ways to get in trouble in China is to distribute pamphlets. Two Tibetan teenaged boys were arrested in Tibet for doing just that and for writing pro-Tibetan independence graffiti on walls.
The Tibetans are probably the ethnic group that gets the most sympathy in the West. Much of it is because of the efforts of the Dalai Lama, who is loved by millions.
As indicated earlier, the younger generation of Tibetans is sometimes impatient about getting independence from China, a country that took over their nation in 1950. Others are questioning the ways of their elders. According to a March 6, 2008 article in “BBC News,” young Tibetan women are not happy with their traditions that force them to marry someone with a couple hours notice, and later marry his younger brother as well. Some Tibetan Buddhist monks are having girlfriends, wearing ordinary clothes and visiting tea houses, all of which are frowned upon by the older generation. In the new Tibet, Tibetan culture and traditions are being replaced by those of their Chinese conquerors.Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Pray that staunchly Buddhist Central Tibetans will soon embrace Christ alone, and cling to Him for their identity. Pray for power encounters that will leave Tibetans ready to leave their allegiance to their old gods, and turn to the God who created them.-KC