Daily Topic for December 04, 2011
This verse hits at the very heart of what is unique about Jesus Christ’s view of leadership. Leadership has always been about gaining and maintaining power and wealth as a “benefactor,” one who benefits from the position that they hold. Jesus made it shockingly clear to His followers that leading means serving those you lead.
Pray that throughout the Muslim World people will turn to the only leader who served sinful mankind by dying on the cross.
“Free elections!” We want real democracy!” The shouts rang out over the chaotic din in the streets of Morocco earlier this year. Crowds of protesters took to the streets after the police reportedly nearly beat a protester to death. He died the following day. People were outraged at the blatant display of police brutality. As the crowds swelled, specific demands arose for democratic elections, separation of powers in the executive branch, and other democratic reforms.
A few wanted to oust King Mohammed VI; but most Moroccan Arabs regard the king benignly because his liberalism stands in stark contrast to his father’s reign of terror. The previous king instilled fear and insecurity in the Moroccan people. The present king has liberalized the laws, modifying Family Law to increase women’s rights and to allow limited protests. And he has relinquished some of his power. For example, he may no longer appoint the members of Parliament by mere whim, nor dismiss Parliament without the approval of his advisors. The king amended the constitution to reflect these changes and called for a referendum vote of the people. Moroccan voters overwhelmingly approved the changes.
58 percent of Morocco’s population are Arabs, and 41 percent are Berbers. There are almost no followers of Christ among Morocco’s Arab population.
Pray that the Lord will reveal Himself to Moroccan Arab Muslims. Pray that they would discover that they are safe and secure only in the arms of Jesus.