Daily Topic for June 11, 2010

Psalms 19:12-13a
Who can discern his errors? Forgive my hidden faults. Keep your servant from willful sins; may they not rule over me.

Like many zealous Muslims, the Acehnese try to legislate sin out of existence through Sharia Law. They keep couples from sitting together on a beach, but they can’t stop the heart from having immoral thoughts. They keep women dressed modestly, but they can’t stop the sin of pride. What some Muslims miss is a true desire to please the Almighty. Sin is still right there at the door trying to master them.

Pray that the Acehnese people will come to recognize their own sinful natures and their inability to please a perfect Lord. Pray that they will understand the provision of a Savior through Christ and look to Him to keep them in right relationship with God and away from sin.

Acehnese People

by N.W.

The sun is setting. The young couple sits in semi-darkness on a beach in Aceh Province, on the northern tip of Sumatra. They are quietly talking and laughing, unaware of a group of men that is approaching. Suddenly, the men surround them.

Their leader shouts, “You are breaking Sharia Law by being here!” The men are an approved civilian patrol. Their responsibility is to enforce Islam’s strict Sharia Law, which is the law of the land in Aceh Province. An important Sharia Law is that young men and women are not to be together in the dark so they don’t do anything immoral.

The couple protests by saying, “We are only talking and doing nothing wrong. Talking is not immoral.”

One of the men says, “We are not listening. You are violating Sharia Law by being together in the dark. Return to your homes.”

Reluctantly, the young man and woman begin to walk in opposite directions to their homes. It is no use to protest because the Sharia patrol has the right to take them to Sharia headquarters if they do not submit to the patrol’s directions.

Aceh Province is home to the Aceh people, Indonesia’s most staunch Muslims. About one in 1,000 Acehnese people follow Christ. The rest are Muslims.

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Pray for God to send Holy Spirit filled believers to show the Acehnese people the light of Christ. Pray for a Christ-centered movement to begin among the Acehnese people.

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