READ : Ezekiel 36:23-27
God hates sin. Scripture makes that obvious. But the Lord is particularly appalled when His holy name is dishonored by the transgressions of His people. Think of it if you or I profess to be Christian, our sins unjustly tarnish the sacred reputation of our righteous Lord. Our misdeeds not only debase us, they can defame God and be a stumbling block for non-Christians.
Although Israel’s idolatry had profaned the Lord’s holy name, He vows: “Then the nations will know that I am the Lord . . . when I show myself holy through you before their eyes” (v. 23). God pledges to redeem and gather His people from all the world’s countries: “I will cleanse you from all your impurities and from all your idols” (v. 25).
Although Israel’s idolatry stemmed from unfaithfulness, many of today’s idol-worshipers lack any clear knowledge of the world’s one true Lord and Savior. Petition the Holy Spirit to open the eyes of India’s Brahmins (the Hindu priestly caste), its business communities, middle classes, and urban communities.
In contrast to the outcast peoples on yesterday’s Praying Through the Window list, today’s groups are some of India’s most privileged. That prompts many to assume that their idols, rituals, and/or status preclude their need for spiritual cleansing. Pray that more will see their desperate need for the Savior.
May India’s privileged turn from idols to Jesus Christ. Amen.