Sep 22, 2011

A Hindu, a Muslim, and a Christian walk into a sugar company in South America...

I realize that this has all the makings of a great joke, but let me tell you what happened in South America this past month. I was invited to attend and participate in a dedication ceremony at a sugar plant in Skeldon, which is a small town in eastern coastal Guyana, near the border with Suriname.

I went to the sugar plant along with Pastor Mohamad Alim Mursalim (our host in Guyana) and Pastor Rob Ramphal (one of the members of our team).

The sugar plant was the “Guyana Sugar Corporation”, best known by its acronym GuySuCo. It is owned by the Guyanese government and it is the country's largest cultivator and producer of sugar, a commodity which is responsible for approximately twenty percent of Guyana's annual revenue and forty percent of all agricultural production.

The sugar plant was having some production issues and asked for some representatives of the three major religions of that area to come and pray for divine intervention because of the economic implications the problems were having. The plant had its workers gather in a large warehouse as a Muslim Imam, a Hindu, and a Christian each took time to call upon their God to help. I was asked to pray representing Christianity.  

The representative from GuySuCo (who is a Hindu) said that although they didn’t know who the true god was, they did hold some common beliefs. They knew that there was a Creator; someone who was above all of this; someone who was in control of all of this. And they knew that they had to stop what they were doing and pray to this unknown god. They were asking for prayers of intervention, thanksgiving, and dedication.

As I stood there in the warehouse pondering what to say, I realized that others had been in this similar spot before; many of which are recorded in the Bible. One person who came to my mind was Elijah when he took on the four hundred and fifty prophets of Baal and the four hundred prophets of Asherah; that’s 850 prophets vs. Elijah. You can read about it in 1 Kings 18.

He too was called on to represent his god; the only true God before representatives of other religions. He too was being looked at as one who would speak for God. He too had to be at the same place as other representatives called out hoping that their god (or gods) would answer.

Each of us; the Hindu, the Muslim, and the Christian, took our turn and prayed and called out to our god (or gods) hoping our god (or gods) would answer and have favor.  The Hindu called out to every god who he knew, hoping that one of them would listen. The Muslim Imam, after giving a proselytizing message, prayed to his god.

I simply prayed in the Name of Jesus in faith, knowing that God’s word is true, that He is the One true God, and that He always hears us when we pray.  “And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 If you ask anything in My name, I will do it.” (John 14:13-14 NKJV)

I would like to report that just like the story of Elijah in 1 Kings 18, my God answered with such drama that all who were present fell to their faces in worship. If I did report that, it would be a lie. But, neither did the other “gods” answer in such a fashion.  And it didn’t shake my faith in any way. I still stand on my faith that the God of the Bible is still the One True God. 

“For even if there are so-called gods, whether in heaven or on earth (as there are many gods and many lords), 6 yet for us there is one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we for Him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, through whom are all things, and through whom we live. (1 Corinthians 8:5-6 NKJV)

This song is by "Heart of the City" and speaks of the One Trues God

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