India part 2
This is a traditional greeting in Hindi. Last week God took this normal phrase and used it to open a door to a good conversation with a complete stranger. I was dropping off a YMI team heading to Sao Paulo, Brazil when I noticed a Sikh. You know them as the men with the turbans. They are Indian and part of a religion called Sikh. I walked by him and said nameste to him. His eyes light up and he wanted to know how I knew Hindi. I told him about my trip to India and what I was doing there. God used this simple event to show me how He can use a simple phrase to open up the door to share the gospel, I just need to jump through it.
But now to India. I visited a Sikh temple while there. It was fascinating experience. I had to wear a scarf on my head because you head must always be covered. We had to take off our shoes just like all religious places in India. But to get to the temple we had to walk through this sugar-water that supposedly would cleanse our feet and our body. There was lots of Orange colored cloth and flowers which is a sacred color to them. But once we got inside there was something different about this temple. There were no idols. In fact they condemn Hinduism because of all their idols.
Sikhism believes that there is one supreme God and that he has given us rules to live by in a sacred book. When they worship they all face this shrine where the sacred book lies and worship. The more I found out the more I realized that they really worship the book itself even if they would not admit it. This caused me to think about my own life. We worship an Almighty supreme God who is one. But we have His written word to live by. Yet, sometimes we took can fall into the trap of ending up worshiping the book instead of the author. This is something that I have been asking myself since then. Do I lose sight of the author of the Bible for the Bible itself. Do I worship the word (Bible) versus the Word (Jesus)? Lord may I never idolize the Bible and forget who the Bible reveals!