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Thugs of Christianity At it again Convert Hindus at Manipur


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HINDU HATERS ?

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Never eat the food offered to idols..

Even though we love Manipur, the people, the mountains, the climate and the culture we found out this time that ministry to the unreached it much more difficult.  In many ways its much like America.
The Hindus and Christians coexist in harmony and its very common they are acquaintances due to work and school.  Each one does their own thing and never bothers another about it.  All the Hindus are very familiar with Christians and their beliefs as opposed to the Hindus in Delhi and other areas where they have no clue what Christianity is about. Because they are so familiar with Christianity and think of it as a different people group and not as a individual choice for salvation they aren’t open to talking about faith.
Any change in beliefs to them means rejecting their tradition and their tribe. It has been so long since missionaries or revival has come to Manipur that over time certain tribes became known as Christian tribes and some Hindu.  So instead of growing up and making a choice to follow Christ they just grow up and claim they are Christians just because of the tribe they are born into.
So when you see someone hopeless and you tell them Jesus can give them peace and hope they look at you like, what? Why would joining another tribe bring me hope, it would make my life even worse! Because to them that’s what they see it as. They have no clue what makes a Christian a true Christian or what power Christ gives to those who call on Him.
In mainland India if you see a person and tell them you are here helping children because God sent you, they want to know more about this God that cares about orphans. But in Manipur they think helping kids is like paying Alms;  Its something Christians must do to go to heaven. So, it’s more difficult to open doors to talk about faith. Preaching the gospel is illegal in India so we must wait until they ask us about it to talk. Due to the cost of travel now days John the Baptist type of preaching proves useless.
That is where relationships come in. But, in Manipur this is where it gets really weird. Or at least it did for us last night.
A friend of ours has a Hindu boyfriend and one night we stayed up late discussing faith, politics and the world around us. It was a great time.  The seeds were planted for sure! And Satan knew it.
We had tried to hang out with him two other times but circumstances got in the way. And finally two weeks later he invited us to have dinner at his family’s house.  Dinner was set for Thursday afternoon. 
That morning we woke up and noticed the kids in the neighborhood weren’t at school so we asked and they said it was a holiday.  When our friend called to verify our transportation pick up time they said there was so much food! That the feast this year was a really big one and everyone was excited we were coming.
As we got ready to go a neighbor kid came in and we asked what holiday it was. The Child said it was a holiday for ancient hindu God. As a streak of worry washed over me I asked him if is it a feast day. He said yeah. I asked if His family was having a feast, and he looked at me puzzled and said Oh no, not Christian holiday, only for old Hindus. Feast for Goddess of Manipur land.
Shear dread washed over me as called our friend to ask about this feast but already knowing the answer we would get.  “Hi, hey I heard it is a holiday today and was wondering what kind of feast this is. “ I asked nonchalantly. “Oh this is a Hindu holiday. All week long people have been bringing offerings to the Goddess and this year our family has been selected to hold the feast for Her.”
My knees grew week and Acts 15:20 kept running through my head. Christians aren’t to eat food offered to idols. Not because there’s anything wrong with the food. All food God made is fine to eat. Its that for two Christians to be seen eating the food offered to idols might make others think we too acknowledge this God and eat in her honor. 
Ok, at this point I am forced to make a choice. Save face and go eat this love offering to their goddess, or stand firm in my faith and tell them I can’t go and risk losing their friendship and feeling extremely awkward.  So, I prayed for Gods strength and said……
“Can I call you right back”
“You call them,” “No way! You call them back!” “Come on its your turn”. We bickered at each other handing the phone back and forth. We both knew what we had to do but doing it wasn’t so easy.
We called and politely as possible told them we could not make it today because of the love feast to a pagan God, but that we would love to come visit them any other day. Wow, that was a tough phone call.

I guess this is where your faith is truly tested. Little tests that weed out the true Christians from the lukewarm ones. We praised God for the strength he gave us for that test. But little did we know it wasn’t over yet.
After we went to the Doctors to get some eye drops for my eye we stopped by our friends house (the girlfriend of the man who invited us to the offering feast)  to look at something. We talked with them until nightfall and they said, “Oh its late why don’t you eat dinner with me so you don’t have to cook.” We accepted and went into the kitchen.
There were 5 pots full of food sitting on the kitchen table already. Our friend said, “Oh, I have to tell you that this is left over food from the feast I went to today.”
With no protecting of a phone line, we stared at her for a second in silence. We had already told her we were hungry so we couldn’t say otherwise.  She was a Christian in title so she knew we couldn’t eat it. There was no escape! We were cornered and had to either give in and eat it or stand up for what we know is right.
So, I prayed for Gods strength and said…..
“Oh, ummmm, well.”
At this she got the point and offered us a way out. She asked if would like mangos instead and we both jumped at the opportunity to say “Oh, yes please!” We carried on talking as we ate the fruit and the awkwardness of the moment soon past.
Our faith was tested a second time and we passed again. Praise God. But im sure He had a deeper plan then just to test our faith. He always does.
Maybe it was satan trying to ruin our ministry there or trying to make Bryan and I fall. I will never know. But I do know this, our female friend is a struggling Christian bought up in a Christian home but rebellious and dating a Hindu man.  If Bryan and I would have gone to the feast and eaten there it would verify to her that it’s ok to claim you’re a Christian and yet not live as one. We would have been showing her it’s ok to fellowship with non believers and mock God.
But instead we held to our convictions, all the time being polite and loving. Standing firm in our faith and showing her that Couples should be equally yoked so things like THIS don’t happen.
Satan tried to use it to pull her further from Christ and God used it to bring her closer.
The next day all was forgotten and she gave us a very nice gift. She knows that although we really like her boyfriend we don’t think they are a match made in heaven.
The moral of the story is…
Never eat the idols offerings’.
Amen!

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