Forgotten Kashmiri Christians – Reverting to Islam?
A big God Bless for your prayers for the Kashmiri Christians, which the LORD has heard and given them some respite. But, more than the relief from physical and mental torture, HE has given them fortitude to stand up for their faith and witness Christ, in spite of persecution. We have repeatedly told our local Christian sisters and brothers to move out of Kashmir, as there is little we can do in ground zero, but they believe that GOD has planted them in J & K, so they must be faithful and bear fruit in the vineyard there.
The good news is that not only is the LORD’s protection on them, but in HIS mercy and love, God is adding to their numbers. Just as HE did in the days of the Biblical Christians – Acts 2:38, Act 2:47, Acts 6:7, Acts 17:11… Soon lets pray by using you and us as instruments, GOD will wipe every tear and rebuild the persecuted body of Christ in the state.
Dear Church, Christian Clergy & NGOs – the harsh reality is that at least 50 Kashmiri Christian families are impoverished. And in desperate need of help. What are we doing about it? The Word says –
Not that I am looking for a gift, but I am looking for (the fruits) that may be credited to your (heavenly) account.
– Philippians 4:17
Each of us has an account up there beyond. Or is the Bible only for our churches, seminaries, prayer meetings, personal study… In our humble opinion, each Christian member of the body of Christ, must take it upon himself/herself to do something about the situation in Kashmir. The Word says – If one member suffers, every member (of Christ’s body) suffers. If nothing else at least pray about it. Pray for us too, The CSF activists and collaborators, who are being targeted not only from outsiders, but even worse from some ‘Christians’ within the fold, who are playing into the hands of the enemy, by their inaction.
We have no option but to act, as commanded by our LORD, as Jesus in the Word, says –
The servant who knows what his master wants him to do, but does not get himself ready and do it, will be punished with a heavy whipping…. Much is required from the person to whom much is given; much more is required from the person to whom much more is given.
– Luke 12:47-48
Here is the case of another victim Christian family, in the words of the head of the house.
” We are recent converts and had to bear the brunt of severe persecution, but have refused to deny the LORD, who is everything to us. We had to lose one of our children too during while persecution has been on. Now my wife, two other children and myself are barely managing to remain alive, thanks to support from The CSF and other Kashmiri Christians, who are supporting us. The LORD has done much for us and we have experienced His love and power, in our life and so the persecution does make us afraid. Though, we sometimes cry, at the thought of our child dying during it.
After the video clip of Rev. Khanna baptizing Christians was put on YouTube, the family went through even torture and we had to leave our house, because the fanatics threatened my parents to get it burnt down, if we lived there. I have asked brother Joseph Dias to only disclose as much is necessary for you to know our plight. So he will not be able to give you details, as it will disclose our identities and we fear for our lives after that, as our property, we have already lost.
My wife and children became sick. One of them died and we could barely manage a burial. The fanatics heaped insults on us, saying that God was punishing me because, I had converted to Christianity and asked the family to revert. The pressure from police, maulvis and the fanatics became unbearable and I felt certain, we could be lynched to death. So again we had to flee, with only the LORD being with us all the way. We are appealing to the members of the body of Christ to help us in whatever way you can “.
Friends – Please tell us how to handle such cases? We need to have a colony of 50 Christian houses in Jammu, which is relatively safe. We also need to take care of the material needs of 50 families for a few months, till the bread earners start working or doing some small business. There would be at least 100 children, who educational needs have to be met. Is it too much to ask from the church in India? The church and the Christians, who have cared for thousands of non-Christians, who are victims of floods, droughts, famines, tsunamis, earthquakes, bomb blasts, gas tragedy, etc.
If there is a Youcef Nadarkhani in Iran or a Asia Bibi family in Pakistan, the world rushes to their rescue.
Are the Kashmiri Christians any less human?
Are the Kashmiri Christians less Indian?
Are Kashmiri Christians less Christian?
Let us all repent and pray to God for our inaction towards the Kashmiri Christians – our refusing to move out of our comfort zones. We have let fellow-children of the same Our Father down, by committing sins of omission, not commission. And we need to make amends. The situation is grim.
Many have been arrested on false charges. Most hounded out of the region. Those who remain, cannot practise their religion, without fear. Many Christians are too afraid to even express themselves and are underground. The authorities do not seem to be secular. Why is it that we are suddenly hearing of Christians reverting to Islam? Or Muslims being forced or induced to become Christians?
In the name of protecting the faith, gross human rights violations are being reported. Maulvis committees and fanatical mobs are doing on re-conversion campaigns, targeting local Christians, forcing them to flee, a social boycott is in place, public announcements are made from mosques, families are abused and disgraced, victims are exposed to militants, Sharia court rules the roost, daughters/wives are not respected, threats and summons are issued…
One dreads to go to the government, authorities, judiciary, police, etc. What then does the Kashmiri Christian do?
Is it Christian to be silent spectators to such religious cleansing?