Daily Topic for January 30, 2010
Let’s face it; the Chinese in Tanzania have a lot for which to be proud. They are among the best businessmen in the country, and many have become rich. But any culture is on the wrong track when they fall into pride. Traditional Chinese religion does not focus on the God of creation; and thus they have no way to measure how small they are compared to Him. The tragic results, according to this proverb, is disgrace, something the Chinese avoid at all cost.
Pray that the Chinese in Tanzania will soon gain the humility and wisdom to focus their spirituality on the One who created them.
Pride! We all struggle with it. Pride turned an angel into the devil. Pride caused the fall of Adam and Eve.
The Han Chinese are proud people. They believe their culture is superior to all others. That deeply ingrained worldview causes them to retain their Chinese customs, foods and language even among their people who have lived in Tanzania for many generations. They value education and put it to good use, seizing opportunities most Tanzanians ignore. Their industrious nature makes them successful entrepreneurs. Nationals envy them. Yet, temporal achievements will not earn eternal life for the Han Chinese.
Disputes are difficult, because “saving face” is a high priority. Therefore, they seek harmony and look to religions that promise peace. The traditional Chinese religion blends many philosophies, such as Buddhism, Confucianism and Taoism. They also practice ancestor worship and maintain various superstitions. Though the Bible is available in their Mandarin language, few Chinese in Tanzania have placed their trust in the work of Jesus Christ on the cross. Prayer can rip the blinders from their eyes, so that they see their need of a Savior.Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Pray that pride will not keep the Tanzanian Chinese people from the Savior. Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal the Truth to them. Pray that Christians will display peace that passes understanding. May our Lord raise up strong local churches among the Diaspora Han Chinese.