Responsibility of the Church
The instructions given by Rev. Rajeev M. Thomas in the last issue of revive were very beneficial to the Christians who want to live peacefully in their country. We the church of God must be very aware of keeping and propagating the gospel of peace and non- violence in the midst of all the provoking communalism and terrorism around us. We are Indians and we must safe guard the national integrity of our land. I agree with the opinion of the writer. The communalists try to use religion and politics for their selfish interest and power. Communalism is a kind of exploiting religion for the narrow political interests. We must make the people strongly aware of this truth and advocate for same. May God help all readers for it.
One people group only
All the articles in the last issue of July were informative. The article by Domenic Marbaniang was a very scholarly one exploring this sensational issue. Ethnicity is a phenomenon which divides people. God wants his people to be one people group. But in the concept of ethnicity, some people groups are given more status than others. Even the brutal ethnic cleansing in Germany during the time of Hitler and other horrible genocides in the history of the world are examples of the negative cruel results of ethnicity. God created man as one people group, it is only the sin of humanity divided man. When religious fanaticism is added to ethnicity it results in terrorism. There is one man who unites this people group, He is Jesus Christ. Ultimately all will be united in him. Let’s lift up his name for the Glory of God and the peace of mankind!
Secularism in India
A very clear picture of secularism in India is presented in the scholarly paper of the writer P.T. Subramanian in the July Issue of revive. India is a land of religions. He truly brings out the difference and uniqueness in Indian secularism. so he explains how Indian secularism is different from other countries especially the western countries. The word ‘secular’ itself undergoes radical change in its meaning and concept when it comes to India. While Western secularism disregards religion and faith in the supernatural, the Indian form of secularism, regards and respects the religious faith. So secularism in India is not anti-religious or removal of any religious faiths, but equal treatment of all religions by the State, as the State does not have any official religion of its own, but considers the multi-religious context. Therefore secularism in India means the recognition of the plurality of religions, their existence and equal treatment of all communities in the nation (whether originated within India or which came from outside) without any partiality. If all the political parties, religious and communal groups understand well this reality and follow it in life, India will be a very peaceful nation. But, in fact it does not take place today. Let us pray for a clear understanding and awareness among all in India.
Peace loving community
Thank God for the article of Dr. Shaibu Abraham for his article in revive which points out a very relevant truth regarding the Church of Jesus Christ. The writer very truly gives a picture of the violence in the past history the world and especially during the reign of the Roman Empire. Even when a section of Jews were ready for violence for securing freedom from the Roman rule Jesus wanted to establish a Kingdom through peace and non-violence in this world. Christian Church which is part of God’s Kingdom must follow this policy of peace and non-violence in the midst of all the atrocities and enmity God’s church faces today in this world. Let’s pray to God for the church in India be given God’s grace to practice this peace in the midst of all oppositions. May God bless all the works of love and peace by revive.
July issue of revive was a very useful one for readers like me. A number of questions in my mind were answered through the various articles in the issue. I thank God for the writers and thank them for their efforts in preparing these substantial articles. Dr. J. N. Manokaran states very clearly that one day the good seed and the tare will be separated. The good plants have to suffer by the presence of the weeds and fruitless plants surrounded by till that day. Praying for God’s grace. Thanks.