Daily Topic for September 13, 2011
In Genesis 4, God warns Cain not to give in to sin. Unfortunately, Cain continues on his destructive course and kills his own brother. God made it clear that sin was right there, and Cain needed to deal with it. Cain needed to master it, but he would not. The Gujjar people we are praying for today will not master the sin in their community unless they allow Jesus Christ to take over their lives and the Holy Spirit to convict them of sin and draw them to God. But how can the Gujjar people be given over to the Lord if they have not heard that He exists?
Pray that the Holy Spirit will convict Gujjar elders of sin and righteousness, so that they will desire Him and not give in to sin.
Are they victims, or victimizers? The Muslim Gujjar people have been known to cause violent disturbances, including one earlier this year in the northwestern state of Rajasthan that required the attention of the Indian army. They are angry for many reasons. Like many communities in India, they want the best of both worlds: they want to hold the social status and respect of a higher caste; but, they also want to enjoy the economic advantages that the Indian government is now giving to members of the lower castes which include reserved jobs and college placement.
There are Hindu and Muslim Gujjars in both India and Nepal, though most live in India. In general, the Hindu Gujjars have settled down on dairy farms, while the Muslims have chosen to tend livestock like buffalos and goats. Some are semi-nomadic.
These herding people know that they are especially vulnerable to those who would like to take their land and give it to people groups with more political clout, like the British did during colonial days. Their reputation for violence makes people think twice before crossing them.
Muslim Gujjars are spread out throughout South Asia and beyond, but only about 500 of them live in Nepal. Gujjar Muslims are noted for practicing a Hindu-ized form of Islam which makes them unaccepted by other Muslim communities, according to the Joshua Project.Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Pray that these aggressive people will aggressively seek out the Lord of their lives.