Daily Topic for July 26, 2010
This is a very difficult thing for peoples like the Uighurs to do! Those in authority over them are not looking out for their best interest. But God tells us to pray for those in authority, not to grumble about them or start violent uprisings, which is what we see happening among the Uighurs. But without the lordship of Christ and the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, how can we expect the Muslim Uighurs to obey God’s most difficult commands?
Pray for the Lord to move among Uighurs in such a way that some from among them will pray for and be a blessing to their enemies.
The summer of 2009 saw the deadliest ethnic violence to strike China in decades. Chinese officials claim that Rebiya Kadeer, a successful Uighur businesswoman and former political prisoner, is to blame for the violence. This northwestern region of China has been the traditional home of the Uighurs, a Turkic-speaking people, but China has increasingly resettled Han Chinese into the area, so that the once six percent Han population in 1949 grew to 40 percent in 2000, and it continues to grow. Uighurs feel that the Han Chinese are given preferential opportunities for employment. They cite the phasing out of the Uighur language for instruction in their schools. The Uighurs contend that the Chinese government infringes upon Uighur Muslim practices during the month of Ramadan, insisting that factory workers eat. Passports and exit visas for pilgrimages to Mecca have been restricted.
The Han counter that Uighurs are given preferential treatment regarding birth control. The Han must follow China’s one child per family policy, whereas the Uighurs, under the ethnic minority provision, can have two and sometimes three children. Despite all of this unrest, recent reports indicate that many Uighur people in China may be on the verge of accepting Christ.Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Pray that the Uighur population will be touched by the love and compassion of Jesus Christ that will not only save them, but will also help them deal with the daily injustices they experience.