Culture or Christ?

Matthew 19:29 “And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or lands, for my name’s sake, will receive a hundredfold and will inherit eternal life.”

What happens when Indian culture clashes with the commands of Jesus? Many young Believers in Gujarat are experiencing that problem now. Indian culture dictates that children obey parents, no matter what. The problems occur when the parents make demands of the children that they, as followers of Christ, cannot obey. The family of one young woman is searching for a Hindu husband for her, and when they make a choice, she will be forced to marry him. Another family has demanded that their daughter no longer attend church or Bible studies. A third young woman has been told she may no longer spend any time with other Believers.
These young women are caught in a difficult situation. All of them love their parents and want to honor them. They all also love Jesus and long to follow Him, to serve Him openly, and to obey Him. They are struggling with whether to obey their parents and deny Christ, or to obey Christ and disobey their parents.
Please pray for young Believers in Gujarat who are forced into these situations by parents who want to cling to their religions and traditions. Pray for the families who are living in darkness and ignoring the light of the Believers who live in their midst. Pray that God will give the young Believers wisdom in all decisions and that they will be obedient to Him in all things.

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One Response to Culture or Christ?

  1. Kris Lozano says:

    This post hit me hard this morning. I’m so saddened to think of the struggles that believers there have between their culture and their relationship with Christ. It also made me sad for how much I take these liberties for granted. The fact that I don’t have to make these difficult choices makes me somewhat soft in my faith. Thank you for providing me with a challenge today to take advantage of my freedom and an opportunity to pray with specificity to our Father.

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