Friday, April 25, 2008


Maya Devi, 28, gave birth outside of the maternity wing of Kanpur Medical College in northern Uttar Pradesh state in India. What should have been a time of celebration turned into disaster as both mother and son died. Maya and her son died for an unthinkable reason. They died for not being acceptable to the doctors on staff. Several doctors, including the hospital's chief medical superintendent, had refused to touch her or provide medical care as she delivered her baby, the Press Trust of India reported. Their reason? She was considered an "untouchable" someone from the lowest caste in the caste system. And so due to the caste she was born into, these doctors allowed her and her son to die!

What a contrast to the Lord Jesus Christ whose own testimony was that he did not come for the righteous but the sinner, the poor, the down and out, the lowest of the low. And in this truth is the only hope for people. Atrocities like this are going on all of the time all over the world, and there is only one sure solution, and that is the spreading of the good news, the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. Only God incarnate could change a heart so hard that it would allow a mom and a new born die, conflicting with every piece of training received. Jesus Christ is the only hope for the world.

We can feed and clothe and house those who are in need. And that is needed ministry. But the proclamation of the gospel is the most important ministry in the world, as there is darkness and depravity that most of us have never considered. The good news about the good news is that this is a ministry that all followers of Christ can share in. The power of the gospel is such that you could share Christ with someone at your work and it is possible that the ripple effect could reach doctors like these in places such as India. So take heart, in the midst of such wickedness, you have the ultimate answer. The question is, will you share that with others?

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pastor tom