Where America is anti-religious, India is very much the opposite. In the states, people have a hard time sharing their beliefs for fear of causing offense to someone. The people of India, however are very adamant about their faith; walking along the streets you can pinpoint which religion each person belongs to; whether it be by an idol of some sort in their shop, a head covering, or a dot in the middle of their forehead. These people put a lot of us Christians to shame in the sense that many of us are not nearly as open about Jesus as they are about their beliefs.
For the past ten days, Hindus, which make up 80% of India’s population, have been celebrating Ganesha Chaturthi. This particular festival was created in honor of Ganesh, the god of wisdom according to the Hindu religion. The streets were filled with statues of Ganesh, some big some small, with a shrine built around each one. On the last day of the festival, they take these idols on floats and parade them around the city, dancing and singing to honor their god along the way. Some were so large, they required a crane to be lifted onto the float. All of the idols are then brought to the ocean or a lake of some sort where they proceed to throw them into the depths of the water.
The Passover of the Jews was at hand, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. In the temple he found those who were selling oxen and sheep and pigeons, and the money-changers sitting there. And making a whip of cords, he drove them all out of the temple, with the sheep and oxen. And he poured out the coins of the money-changers and overturned their tables. And he told those who sold the pigeons, “Take these things away; do not make my Father’s house a house of trade.” His disciples remembered that it was written, “Zeal for your house will consume me.” – John 2:13-17
I became enraged watching this course of events take place. My initial impulse was to follow Jesus’s example and start knocking over idols and screaming the Gospel at everyone that crossed my path. But after much deliberation, I realized that most of these people probably won’t even understand me and the majority of them in all likelihood do not know any better. They have lived their whole lives worshiping idols just as their parents did and have never heard the gospel before. Once this understanding reached my heart, grief soon took the place of rage. I was torn to witness such deception in these people souls. They do not know Jesus and will never know Him if we don’t, as Christians, step up and start living for God.
Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age. – Matthew 28:19-20
God calls each and every one of us to make disciples. This does not mean you are required to go to India, or Africa, or even another state in order to do so. There are plenty of people within a 30-mile radius of your home just waiting to hear that Jesus loves them to the point of death on a cross. Lead people to Christ wherever you are so that His name may be hallowed among the nations. Stop living each day in fear of hurting your reputation for God’s sake. When you think about it in a long term sense, you are going to be on this earth for a very short amount of time compared to the eternity that the unbelievers will spend in damnation. As brothers and sisters in Christ let us stand together and reach the world for God’s glory, that the nations may proclaim He is the one true God.