Joseph D'Souza and Noel Yeatts
Indians recently watched footage on social media of a school teacher in North India instigating students to punish and slap a Muslim boy. While the students violently assaulted the boy, the teacher engaged in hateful propaganda against Muslims. Similar incidents against Muslims and Dalits have occurred in northern India recently.
Take, for example, the lingo used by missions organizations. Many still use old language which triggers deep hostilities and violence against Christians. Terms like “conversion” or “unreached people groups” cause great trouble.
For a couple of decades, Christmas has meant trouble for Indian Christians. During the holiday, Hindu extremists ramp up attacks on Christian churches and organizations, always with the same accusations of force and fraudulent conversions.
If Indians allowed Dalits and other oppressed peoples to rise up and finish the work that Ambedkar began, as the people of America and South Africa have done, this would be the turning point for a truly representative Indian democracy and also for the world.
When will Islam’s religious leaders and political powers realize that it is impossible for things to remain the same when it comes to women’s rights?
Yet it is unclear how comfortable she is in addressing the caste issue because of her strong friendships with many elitist upper caste Indian friends in business, media, and religious circles.
Our self-sacrificing love for the people God loves can never be merely about making more Christians. They need to be treated as fully human, not viewed as “people groups” to Christianize.
When courts take on the roles of the executive branch and the legislative branch of government, they cause enormous confusion for institutions of democracy.
When Christians resort to mob justice with regards to criminal activity, whether that’s sexual abuse, financial fraud, or anything else, we end up descending into tribalism in a failed attempt to bring justice.
Unfortunately, most governments today ascribe to themselves god-like powers, attempting to know the private lives of all citizens. But when privacy is violated, free will is jeopardized. God knows all, yet does not violate our free will.