K E John.

“But I say, Did not Israel know? First Moses saith, I will provoke you to jealousy by them that are no people, and by a foolish nation I will anger you”. (Rom. 10:19)
“They have moved me to jealousy with that which is not God; they have provoked me to anger with their vanities: and I will move them to jealousy with those which are not a people; I will provoke them to anger with a foolish nation” (Deut. 32:21)
The fiftieth birthday of Matha Amrithanandamayi was celebrated at Ernakulam recently. 191 nominees of U. N. O membership countries participated. There were politicians, scientists, social and religious leaders. The media celebrated the event! I am not trying to comment about it. But to me the event appeared as a great challenge to the Christianity. Amrithanandamayi spoke about love and unity. She mentioned about the wonderful love of Jesus Christ who came to this world to redeem us. It is true that many noble missionaries from abroad came to our country with the message of cross and proclaimed the love of Christ to our people. Finding that illiteracy was one of the major obstacles for our progress, they established many educational institutions some of which are still the best in our land. But do we Indian Christians have the same burden about our motherland? Now schools and colleges are started even by Christians with the sole aim of amassing wealth!.
Miss. Ida Scuder came to India with her parents who were missionary doctors. In those days, it was a custom that the ladies never go to consult a male doctor even if they were on the verge of death. Witnessing a lot of deaths among women due to non availability of medical help, this girl returned to her native place to study medicine and came back to India and founded the first medical college exclusively for women at Vellore. This Christian medical college continues to be the premier medical institute in our country even today. . Since then hundreds of medical colleges have been started; but most of them have become only money-spinning industries.
Majority of our fellow country men are living below the poverty line. There are many people who do not have even a home of their own. Many girls in India could not get married because of demand of high dowry. But do we care? Matha Amrithanantha Mayi does all the charitable works that we Christians refuse to do. She builds lakhs of houses and helps the poor girls to be married. Christians here build huge church buildings and houses, spend crores of money for the marriage of their daughters. But they forget the duty of a Christian. Sree Narayanguru once said that Christians make others do what they ought to be doing. He is right! The saints who rejected world, leaving all its pleasures to serve the poor are the real treasure of Christianity. But now such saints have no place in the church. The world looks forward only for such Christians.
Few years back I visited Rajasthan with my wife. I got an opportunity to speak in a church there where few lepers gathered to worship God. Along with me there was a visiting family and the husband was requested to deliver a speech. In his address he specified that if only there were churches among all the leprosy colonies as there, there would be so much difference in the communities’ response to the Gospel would live in peace. After the meeting I met him and understood that he was an IAS officer, the head of the Dept. of Leprosy Welfare Department. What a testimony from a Hindu brother about Christianity. O children of God, let us come back. Let us come back to the first love….
Turn thou us unto thee, O Lord, and we shall be turned; renew our days as of old. (Lam. 5:21)