Manu Smriti 1.31. “But for the sake of the prosperity of the worlds he(god) caused the Brahmana, the Kshatriya, the Vaisya, and the Sudra to proceed from his mouth, his arms, his thighs, and his feet.”
It is a derogatory and condescending to call someone a Dalit or a Dalit Christian. This idea of “Dalit Christian” is borne out of a pervasive influence of Hindu culture. We must reject and refute this repulsive teaching. There are two inherent problems with this notion of classification or grouping.
- First It denies Genesis account of the creation of man. God created Adam the first man in His own image.
Genesis 1:27 So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.
We are all descendants of Adam therefore, we all are of one race and one caste. We all human beings are either “Brahamins” or all “Dalits”. If Dalit means low, untouchable, depraved race then according to Romans 3:23 all humans are depraved and fallen short of the glory of God. It is an attack on our Fundamental doctrine of creation. Therefore, we must oppose and reject this repugnant classification of mankind.
2. Second this classification of Christians discredits what Christ has accomplished through his death and resurrection. It undermines and belittles our glorious status in Christ Jesus. It is an assault on our doctrine of Salvation. We must militantly defeat and dismiss this abhorrent unbiblical categorization of Christians.
During Christmas we always go to see the lights in different places of our town. There are some houses where one can see nativity scenes displayed in the yards. I have noticed Joseph standing behind Mary. And they both are beholding the baby (Jesus) placed in the manger. Often after seeing that, my mind has always wandered to the time past and I had wondered about Joseph, who remained silent and never questioned. He kept doing whatever he was told to do and remained obedient and even remained righteous and pure in his relationship with Mary till the birth of Jesus. I believe he was still trying to make sense of all these things in his mind. It was beyond his comprehension! But Joseph remained submissive to the will of God. The nativity scene is a beautiful picture of two ordinary people who were willing to risk and give up their social standing. I am amazed and inspired by their willingness to be scrutinized and ridiculed by their friends and their community.
Remember Joseph was going to put her away secretly after he came to know that Mary is with child. Who told him? How did he come to know.? We do not know, but it seems it became evident after three months of pregnancy. It was obvious that few people came to know about Mary and the news reached to him. I believe when he heard the news, he was both shocked and heartbroken. He must be tormented by hundred of thoughts, things and questions in his mind after hearing this ridiculous bad news. But he remained calm under these circumstances. He must be asking, “Why all this happened to me?’ His dreams of being happily married to Mary shattered.
“Now the birth of Jesus Christ was as follows: After His mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Spirit. Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not wanting to make her a public example, was minded to put her away secretly. “ Mathew 1:18-19
Joseph came to know about the pregnancy of Mary after three months because Mary went to her cousin’s place soon after she received the message from the Angel, Gabriel. Luke 1:56 He was thinking of what could have transpired in the three months while she was at her cousin’s place. He must deliberating what are his options and what is the best way to deal with this situation. He remained thoughtful and concerned about Mary and her future.
“But while he thought about these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take to you Mary your wife, for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit.”. Mathew 1:20
“Then Joseph, being aroused from sleep, did as the angel of the Lord commanded him and took to him his wife.” Mathew 1:24
Again, this was not an easy thing for him. It was a shameful and sinful thing for a young woman to be impregnated before lawful marriage in that culture. The culture in which he was living, would have stoned Mary to death. Unlike today’s culture in the west, where hundreds of babies are born out of wedlock, but no one cares or dares to ask question to young people. Many don’t think it is a wrong thing or sin!
He found out that it was a God’s plan for him and Mary. The angel told him “don’t be afraid”. Joseph was willing to be submissive to the heavenly voice of the Angel. He must have told his parents, relatives and friends that he will not give up on Mary and will take her as his wife. He was going to do one big ridiculous thing which was unheard of in that culture. We do not know the Bible describes him, that “he was a just man”. There are handful men in the NT who are called “ just or righteous. He was the first “just man of New testament” we read about in Mathew 1:19. He did exactly what just man must be willing to do for the sake of Christ. He was willing to be ridiculed and scorned by his friends, family members and neighbors.
Are you willing to be ridiculed by your friends, relatives, and countrymen? Christmas is hijacked by postmodern culture. People don’t want to say “ Merry Christmas!” but “ Happy Holiday!” People want to sing “Santa Baby, ” “ twelve days of Christmas” Rudolf the red nose deer” etc.
- Please say “Merry Christmas” to everyone.
- Play Christmas Hymns and songs.
- Hang Star or a Cross in your window or in your yard.
- Make Christ known and be known for your faith.
Don’t be afraid, let the world ridicule you. Let them say whatever they want to say about you and your faith.
Be willing to be ridiculed this Christmas!
Peter forewarns Christians in his epistle that in the last days they will be mocked for their belief in Christ’s Second Coming!
“… knowing this first: that scoffers will come in the last days, walking according to their own lusts, 4 and saying, “Where is the promise of His coming? For since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of creation.” 2 Peter 3:3-4
Don’t be afraid! Be willing to be ridiculed for your Faith!! Don’t give up, Jesus is coming again soon!
Some of you have already put your Christmas lights up and some of you are going to put up soon. Christmas time is a joyous time and it seems everywhere you go to- like shops, malls, streets and houses in your neighborhood are all glittering and shining with the lights.
When Christ was born, there was a Star shining in the east in the night. Wise men from the east came, .. and asked, “Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.” Mathew 2:2. There was not only a Star that was shining, but Jesus who was the Light Himself came to call us out of the darkness into His marvelous Light. Are you walking in the light? Paul was changed forever when he was confronted with the Light- Jesus Christ on the way to Damscus. (Read Acts 9) “In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” John 1:4-5
At His Second Coming, it will again a night but without a light or a star, it will be a dark night. “….those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken: And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.” Mathew 24 :29-30.
Do you have the light? Jesus said ” I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.”. Its not about the lights on the house but the light in the heart !
We would like you to pray for our Church in HP, INDIA. The Church got started in 2008. Last Sunday during the worship service a group of Hindu Militants attacked our Church Pastor and the small congregation. They abused him and beat him up. They have asked him to leave the town, since he is living in a rented house. He has two little sons. They have threatened his landlord and asked his landlord to move him and his family out from the house.
Please pray for him and his family and the Church people. It is a very small group of 18-20 people. The authority of the town did not even care to help him nor did the police.
RSS, VHP and Bajrang Dal are Hindu Militant groups. They have been persecuting and attacking Christians all over India. Even though these groups are not in majoritybut their population is growing and there are people who can be classified as silently excepting it or their conscious does not bother them. They have facists agenda: One group, one religion, one language. RSS is a Hindu terrorist group. Its believes that humanity has only one faith and one culture that is Hinduism. It has a very simple slogan
These groups have infiltrated the police force, government offices and other high offices of India. They have political entity called BJP (Bhartiya Janta Party). They believe India is for Hindus only. They have falsely accused Indian churches and pastors of converting people by giving money. No charges have ever been proved in any places. India government does not give any protection to Christians. More people have been killed or injured by these Hindu Militant groups than any other Militant groups in the last ten years. Extremist Hindu groups are offering rewards of money, food and alcohol to mobs to kill Christians and to destroy their homes in India, according to aid workers in the eastern state of Orissa.*
US and Great Britain must bar members of two radical groups widely linked to the worst anti-Christian violence witnessed in India since Partition from entering the country. Since these groups are funded by the sympathizers and well wishers living in UK and US and Hindu groups based in these two countries.
*The US-based head of an organisation that runs several orphanages in Orissa, one of India’s poorest regions, has claimed that Christian leaders are being targeted by Hindu militants and now carry a bounty on their heads. “The going price to kill a pastor is $250 US dollars,” Dr Faiz Rahman, the chairman of Good News India (GNI), said.*
*A spokesman for the All India Christian Council (AICC) said: “People are being offered rewards to kill, and to destroy churches and Christian properties.”*
(*excerpts taken from other sources)
Read this news:
Indianised bible creates waves
KOCHI: An ‘Indianised’ Bible with references to the Upanishads, Bhagavad Gita, Manusmriti and drawings of a turbaned Joseph and sari-clad Mother Mary with baby Jesus in her arms, is making waves in Kerala. This is an attempt to make contextual reading and understanding. The text of the Bible is the accepted Catholic version, whose interpretations are made with an Indian cultural perspective.
This is an another attempt by Catholic Church in India to become more acceptable religion in India. What a shameful incidence! The Bible has nothing common with Hindu religious books like Upanishad or Bhagvad Gita. Any attempt to to make it contextual is totally unprofitable. It is rewriting of Scripture which is a sacrilege act and attempt to dilute its message which is a profane act.
This is what makes Catholic Church a non Christian compromised religious institute.