A new law in a northern state of India imposes up to 10 years in jail time for so-called “forced,” or “mass” conversions … meaning more than one person at a time. It also casts suspicion on those influenced by Christian social services like health, education, and charity, which often appeal to those trapped in Hindu’s marginalized lower castes.
India’s constitution guarantees freedom of religion, but laws like this reflect how rapidly the ruling party’s push for Hindu Nationalism has changed things for Christians in that country.
But efforts to restrict the gospel rarely work. As one local bishop put it…
Anybody who converts to Christianity is doing so from a strong unflinching personal following of Jesus Christ and very much as a personal conscious decision of divine attraction to Jesus Christ, God’s love, compassion, forgiveness, justice and truth. His death we celebrate in love, His Resurrection from the dead we profess with living faith, His coming in glory we await with unwavering hope. This personal experience makes them embrace Christianity.
Amen. That’s why faith in Christ has survived so many attempts to stamp it out.
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