India (MNN) — Individuals enjoying the arcade sport Whack-A-Mole use a rubber hammer to pressure plastic moles again into hiding. Its much like what a robust Hindu group is doing to Indias Christians.
The Hindu nationalist motion, the RSS (Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh) has organized a nationwide community of individuals to report Christian exercise, Voice of the Martyrs USA spokesman Todd Nettleton says. What’s the RSS?
They wish to have radical Hindu nationalists stationed in each certainly one of India’s villages… looking ahead to Christian exercise, looking ahead to the Gospel to be going ahead, after which actively attempting to strike that down.
Why RSS targets believers
Persecution of spiritual minorities spiked when Prime Minister Modi got here to workplace in 2014 and has maintained report highs ever since. A report issued final fall describes greater than 1,000 assaults on Christians between 2014 and 2019.
Spiritual freedom violations arent extreme sufficient but to garner India a Nation of Specific Concern designation by the USCIRF. Nevertheless, as described right here within the Commissions 2019 report, the USCIRF is protecting a detailed eye on the worlds largest democracy:
Over the past decade, circumstances for spiritual minorities in India have deteriorated. A multifaceted marketing campaign by Hindu nationalist teams like Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sang (RSS), Sangh Parivar, and Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP) to alienate non-Hindus or lower-caste Hindus is a major contributor to the rise of spiritual violence and persecution. These focused by this campaignincluding Muslims, Christians, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, and lower-caste Hindusface challenges starting from acts of violence or intimidation to the lack of political energy, growing emotions of disenfranchisement, and limits on entry to training, housing, and employment.
VOM not too long ago sat down with Christian leaders in India to study extra about circumstances on the bottom. One among our employees members… introduced again a report that’s each scary and inspiring, Nettleton says.
The scary half includes RSSs rising energy and affect. The RSS has gained an increasing number of authority underneath Prime Minister Modi. [They are] being very strategic about putting folks in authorities places of work within the authorized system, the courthouse all of those totally different influential positions of the nation, Nettleton says.
With RSS members in positions of energy, supporters encountered little resistance when implementing their reporting system.
Beneath this method, RSS members can study each village in India for a Christian presence.
Is there missionary exercise happening on this village? Is there any person handing out Bibles or preaching the Gospel, or gathering folks for worship? Right here’s the cellphone quantity that you simply name to report that form of exercise and we’ll deal with it, Nettleton describes for instance.
Its a bleak growth, however there’s a silver lining. Indian Christians are involved in regards to the route their authorities goes, Nettleton acknowledges.
However, they’re additionally reporting that God continues to be at work, and our church buildings are nonetheless rising regardless of this Hindu nationalist motion, regardless of the ability that Prime Minister Modi and his authorities have.
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While you have a look at the state of affairs and also you see the opposition, it will be very straightforward [for Christians] to step again and say, Hey, it is a time to put low, Nettleton says.
Let’s pray that they keep inspired and keep daring of their witness for Christ.
Moreover, let’s pray for the persecutors, Nettleton suggests.
Pray for Indian officers, and even Prime Minister Modi himself, to have a radical life-changing encounter with Jesus Christ. Pray these people will come to know Jesus in a private means and that this encounter would change the complete nation.
Lets pray that God will supernaturally and miraculously attain the hearts of a few of these authorities officers, Nettleton says.
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