One exciting development taking place in some parts of the Hindu world is that Christ-followers are growing in biblical understanding of how to communicate the gospel in ways that resonate in the hearts of lost Hindus as good news.
Despite Christianity’s likely existence in India among Hindu peoples since the arrival of the Apostle Thomas, Christians still make up only a small minority of the population (estimates range from 2.35–5.8 percent). One reason is that, historically, many cultural barriers have accompanied the presentation of the gospel to Hindu peoples.
However, around the world, Christ-followers are learning from the Scriptures that “the Lord sees not as man sees; man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.” (1 Samuel 16:7b) Traditionally, Christians living among Hindu peoples have rejected even the marriage symbols that many married Hindu women apply on their foreheads as not permissible for followers of Christ. Many are now shifting away from such overt legalism, though, towards an approach to Hindus that seeks to remove unnecessary barriers to the communication and understanding of the gospel.
The situation in the Hindu world is parallel to the issues between Jews and Gentiles depicted in Acts 13–15 and the book of Galatians. Acts 15:28–29 reveals that community change (in that case, Gentiles getting circumcised and adhering to Jewish culture) was not required, but rather repentance of sin and forsaking idols. As the Church is learning and applying the lesson about removing unnecessary barriers, many more Hindus, drawn by the Holy Spirit, comprehend and accept the good news and are devoting their lives to following Christ.
WAYS TO PRAY
PRAY THAT the Church will continue to develop a compassionate, welcoming heart towards lost people while at the same time holding fast to the truths of the gospel.
PRAY THAT the Holy Spirit will help Christ-followers develop the capacity to communicate the Word of Truth to Hindus without creating unnecessary barriers. (Colossians 4:3)
PRAY THAT more Christ-followers would be drawn to study the Bible to discern biblical patterns of witness that uncompromisingly glorify God.