Daily Topic for October 24, 2011
It has always been the case that those with money also have influence. Those with money have the law on their side. Here God is telling His people to provide fairness and justice to poor people. It is partly because of this emphasis on justice that the poor of the world are often the first to respond to the gospel. Unfortunately, at this point in time, the Mazhabi Sikhs have not responded.
Pray for these poor Sikhs to find their way to Christ’s Kingdom of light.
When Jesus came to earth, he was born into a poor family, ignored by the important classes in society, and kept for a period of time in a farmer’s stable. His parents were only able to give the most minimal offering at the Temple.
Likewise, the Mazhabi Sikhs of India are the “lowest of the low” in relation to other peoples in Indian society. They are known as an untouchable caste, not allowed to live with the larger population, to be educated with the general population, or to attend certain religious services. They are part of the former “scavengers” of India. The Mazhabi Sikhs are recognized as a “Scheduled Caste” who are given job preferences by India’s affirmative action program. Poverty and illiteracy are still rampant among their population in rural Punjab.
However, Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mazhabi) highlights their bravery in battle during the days of the British Raj in South Asia. They were once noted for their commitment to fulfill assigned tasks by their officers.
Sikh teachings emphasize the equality of all people, and they reject discrimination based on caste, creed, and gender. Perhaps this is one of the reasons they converted from Hinduism many years ago.
Pray for spiritual breakthroughs among the Mazhabi Sikhs. Pray that God’s servants will not see them as “untouchable” or unworthy of their time, attention, and love.