Daily Topic for April 19, 2012
Paul was in Corinth preaching in the synagogue and solemnly testifying to the Jews that Jesus was the Messiah. They resisted him and blasphemed. He was then free to go to the Gentiles with a clear conscience. Paul’s example holds lessons for us. He was intent on focusing on those who were responsive to the good news. His obligation to the Jews did not blind him to their resistance. His cry, and the cry of many today is, “How can I stay among a people who have every chance to hear the gospel, yet reject it, when so many have not yet had one chance to hear?”
Pray that the Holy Spirit will grant us discernment regarding the resistant and the responsive peoples of our day.
“Over the years His Royal Highness has worked tirelessly to encourage inter-faith dialogue in the United Kingdom.” Prince Charles’ private secretary was responding to questions at a press interview. “An example of this was his visit to a Dawoodi Bohras mosque and school in London a few years ago. The prince praised the contributions the Dawoodi Bohras had made in London. He complimented the hard work of the teachers, which resulted in excellent grades for the children. He was also impressed with the fact that the Dawoodis train their children to be good citizens in whatever country they live in.
The Bohra’s Islamic leader praised Prince Charles by saying, ‘It is heart-warming for our community and all Muslims residing in the United Kingdom that you value religion and traditions in the way you do.’ To commemorate his visit, they published a compilation of Prince Charles’ speeches on Islam and presented him with a copy.”
The estimated one million Dawoodi Bohras are a sub group of the Shi’ites with very distinct religious practices that contain some Islamic rituals and thoughts. Their main spiritual leader is the Dai who rules all Dawoodi communities in more than 40 countries. They are known worldwide for their various projects, including philanthropic efforts, hospitals, schools, and renovations and restorations of Islamic and Shi’ite landmarks. There are about 6,000 Dawoodi Bohras in London.
Pray that the Dawoodi Bohras will be touched by Christ’s truth, grace, and enduring wisdom through Christ-followers who care about their souls.