Daily Topic for August 25, 2005

Rev. 5:5
"Then one of the elders said to me, 'Do not weep! See, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has triumphed. He is able to open the scroll and its seven seals.'"

Many scholars have identified the “scroll” as the “title deed to rule the earth.” By virtue of His death and resurrection, Jesus has already gained victory over the god of this world. How we rejoice in this victory! Now we must remember that missionary outreach to frontier people groups is an operation to consolidate the gains already won in previous battles. “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to Me,” Jesus said in challenging His disciples. “Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations.”

Jesus, we acknowledge Your authority and heed Your command.

Devadasi Prostitutes

Lakshmi stood in the doorway of the brothel seductively giggling as men passed. Though her job was to attract these men, she dreaded having them come to her. She was a “holy” prostitute, called a Devadasi, “married” to one of the thousands of Hindu gods in India. Lakshmi looked like a bag of skin and bones, because her pimp kept most of her earnings so she had little to eat. She wanted to run away from this horrible way of life, but didn’t have anywhere to go.

In South India many poor families sell their daughters to Hindu temples. The temple priests often sell these girls to pimps in major cities such as Mumbai. Ironically, they are looked upon as high-class prostitutes and even sex symbols in Hindu society.

During the 1800s certain large Hindu temples employed over 100 dancing girls on the occasions of various animal sacrifices. Devadasis were often singers and dancers in these ceremonies. Nowadays Devadasis perform no religious functions. After independence in 1947, India outlawed temple prostitution. So long as bribery and corruption are left unchecked, these laws aren’t being enforced.

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Pray for more Christian community development workers to reach out to the Devadasis. Pray that Christians will boldly help the girls to escape and provide them with a better way of life. Pray that entire families will turn to the Living God and turn their backs on any god who requires sexual slavery.-WK

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