I want to direct your attention to a blog written by my sister Jane. At first I hesitated to even label her as my “friend,” because in reality she and I have only had one conversation—and a brief one at that. And yet, here’s what’s cool about the people of God: You instantly have family. And so Jane is my sister and a powerhouse at that. I want you to read her blog, Love Is Stronger Than Death.
Jane is currently in India. Pray for her and her ministry there. She won’t be there too much longer, but pray nevertheless. Read over her posts, what she’s been writing about while on the other side of the world physically and culturally. God is on the move in India. I can’t tell you how excited I am to type those words.
It excites me because the India I know usually comes through the lens of history and literature. India has her demons. They are many, and they are varied. There’s the political corruption that has stretched on for decades. There’s the social stigma of the caste system—the oppression, the torture, the genocide that have become so engrained in that society to where many people don’t even think about it. I don’t know if religious “leaders” have twisted Hindu scriptures to further the lifespan of the caste system, but even if they are, it’s no different than anywhere else. Fanatics twist Islam into jihad, and fervent fundamentalists twist Christianity into permission to say, “God hates fags,” and that we should blow up abortion clinics. The Hindu people are just like everyone else in that they are not truly free, for many of them do not know the resurrected Christ and his Spirit. But even so, God is on the move in India.
Read Jane’s blog. Read about what God is doing through her. Pray that the seeds she is sowing will continue to sink deep and blossom long after she is gone. Pray that Christ will heal and transform those people. Pray that the Holy Spirit will bring others to India after Jane to pick up the work she’s doing. Pray about whether or not God is calling you to be that person.
Some of the things God is doing through Jane and her ministry might not be exactly what would make you “comfortable.” But, then again, since when are we supposed to think that the Holy Spirit’s movement in our lives won’t rock our world? We have been crucified with Christ and no longer live, but Christ lives in us by the Spirit. The power of God is there for his faithful beloved.
You are the people of God. You are bold.
If you want to get more familiar with India, I encourage you to do so. I’m a literature buff, so unfortunately I only have fiction and nonfiction resources for you—ways in which Indian artists are responding to their country’s plight. If you want to know more about the political and social turmoil this country has experienced within and around her borders over the last seventy years, look into the following books: Salman Rushdie’s Midnight’s Children, Rohinton Mistry’s A Fine Balance, and any essays by Arundhati Roy, as well as her novel The God of Small Things. Yes, other than Roy’s essays these are all fiction pieces and have their fanciful aspects, but they’re steeped in historicity.
But that’s not what I’m really interested in you reading—at least not right away. I want you to read Jane’s blog. I want you to get on your knees and pray for the people of India, for those in bondage, for those who have no clue about Christ’s fierce love for them. Pray for a revelation.