Daily Topic for August 28, 2012
It is easy for us to think that Kalavantulu believers are not following the Lord because they still follow rules regarding which caste they can accept food from. But we must remember that Peter and his peers had to learn that they should not shun the entire Gentile population and view them as “unclean.” It is very difficult for us to change what we have always done. If nothing else, Peter was teachable. Perhaps the Lord can use Peter-like believers among the Kalavantulus to lift them above their caste norms.
Pray for God to raise up teachable Kalavantulu believers who will break down the walls between castes and help all of them to find their Lord.
Although India’s caste system is officially not legal and binding any longer, it is still very strongly observed in everyday life: in business, and especially in relationships. Traditionally caste dictated one’s profession and always indicated one’s social standing in regards to other castes.
The Kalavantulu people have traditionally been singers and dancers in Hindu temples. The older generation played musical instruments in the temples, and in return, they received land for cultivation. Today some Kalavantulu people work in both the private and the public sectors.
The Kalavantulus believe in solving their own problems. They have their own caste council, and if any problem arises in their community, they call a meeting and solve it and fine the guilty person. Their elders also negotiate marital alliances. A few Kalavantulu people have embraced Christianity, but their faith has not changed many of their Hindu customs, particularly those customs regarding accepting or rejecting food from different castes. Since their livelihoods for centuries have been so tied to Hindu temple service, it will take divine intervention to break this satanic hold on their souls.Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Pray that the prayers and efforts to reach the Kalavantulus for Christ will be anointed by the Holy Spirit, and will break the stranglehold that service to Hindu gods has on their lives.-JS
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