India (MNN) President Trump visited India this week and didn’t publicly tackle non secular freedom, the difficulty that’s tearing aside New Delhi.
Todd Nettleton of Voice of the Martyrs says, Behind the scenes what’s going on is Prime Minister Modi’s philosophy and his governing philosophy is Hindu nationalism. [All] Indians needs to be Hindus. In case you’re Not a Hindu, it is best to turn into one or it is best to depart India. And so hundreds of Muslims, on this case, have protested whereas President Trump was there. They thought Possibly we may get some consideration from the remainder of the world.
What occurred as an alternative was Hindu Nationalists fought again, and violence erupted in New Delhi, killing over 30 folks and injuring 200. Learn extra right here.
A current citizenship regulation targets Muslims particularly, however Nettleton says the Indian governments perspective impacts Christians and different minority religion teams as nicely.
Silence about non secular freedom
Trump and Indias Prime Minister Narendra Modi didn’t publicly talk about non secular freedom. Nettleton says, We don’t know clearly what occurred behind the scenes. We don’t know what occurred within the planning course of. However these issues weren’t mentioned in a public discussion board the place India’s folks may hear or the place we, as Individuals may hear what the President is saying about non secular freedom.
In fact, addressing the difficulty publicly would have introduced out robust reactions from Hindu nationalists in opposition to the president. However Nettleton says, However there would have been a response from non secular minorities in India to say ‘Thank you for hearing our voices. Thank you for speaking out on our behalf.’ And that thanks would come from, amongst others, our Christian brothers and sisters in India.
Nettleton says one acknowledged goal for President Trumps go to to India was commerce and defending industrial relationships.
Nettleton encourages Christians to wish for his or her brothers and sisters in India. They’re going to be there lengthy after President Trump and Mrs. Trump are house. They’re nonetheless dealing with persecution. And so, we will pray for them. We are able to pray for defense. We are able to pray for his or her ministry, we will pray that God will encourage them within the midst of persecution.
Our hope is in Christ, not political leaders
Nettleton additionally encourages Christians to see non secular freedom world wide as a significant problem to consider when voting for political leaders.
On the similar time, even when political leaders fail to guard non secular liberty, as they usually do, Nettleton says, We additionally should perceive that it’s not authorities that guarantees salvation. It’s Christ. And if the federal government turns in a means that we don’t like, and even turns in a means that’s hostile to Christianity, we’ll nonetheless be known as to be ‘little Christs’ and to observe after Christ.
Nettleton factors out that the quickest rising church on the earth is in Iran. They’re 100% against the expansion of the church. They’ve closed down each single church constructing within the nation. And but the quickest rising church on the earth is in Iran. So, God is just not depending on political freedom, or democracy, or earthly governments to make his church develop. He can try this wherever and at any time when he needs.
Pray for our brothers and sisters in India, and all the time keep in mind that Jesus Christ is king, and he alone is the supply of our hope and safety.
Performers throughout Trump’s go to to India. (Picture courtesy of Wikimedia Commons)