Daily Topic for March 20, 2012
Many people today stumble over this statement of Jesus. They like the Jesus who stands up to the establishment, who heals the sick, who has compassion on the poor. But the Jesus who has the exclusive claim to salvation is someone whom the politically correct world cannot tolerate. Why might that be? Perhaps, it is because at the root of our sinful condition we have a desire to save ourselves and to be our own master. If Jesus is the only way to Heaven, His lordship is essential. He is the one who made the universe and the one to whom we are accountable.
Pray that the uniqueness of Jesus might be clearly proclaimed to every nation.
“You hardly ever sing to the sun anymore, Murad. You seem so sad all the time.” Murad, a Karachi man, responded to his friend with a sigh. “Every week it seems that more Russian troops are moving into our town. Life keeps getting more dangerous. Today they made an order that we could not go to the mosque because the Karachi Jamaat (a Karachi Muslim extremist group) had just bombed a police checkpoint. I wanted to have a nice wedding for my daughter, but we have no money, and the Russians are always watching when we have social gatherings. With no jobs our young people are becoming restless. We may never have peace.”
The 150,000 Karachi people are the second largest people group in Russia’s Karachai-Cherkessia Republic, and 200 of them also live in neighboring Ukraine. These Turkish people sometimes bring pagan beliefs into their Islamic religion. This can involve putting stones under their houses to keep away bad spirits or singing special songs to bring out the sun or rain. Unfortunately, homegrown Islamic terrorist groups have caused Russia to send troops into their communities. This factor has contributed to the decline of the economic, moral, and social lives of the people. Life is getting worse for these Sunni Muslims.
Pray that the Lord will move on the hearts of the followers of Christ to reach the Karachi people so they will finally know that true peace is only found through the Prince of Peace, Jesus!