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Southern Baptists want to evangelize to Sikhs

Southern Baptists want to evangelize to Sikhs

After the tragic shooting, at a Sikhs temple, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the Southern Baptists want to share the Gospel with the Sikhs.  They view this as “an unprecedented opportunity to reach out to their Sikh neighbors with the Gospel of Jesus Christ,” said Aslam Masih, North American Mission Board's (NAMB) national coordinator for Muslim people groups and South Asians.

"We have an opportunity now to turn this very sad situation into a life-changing encounter with the Gospel for Sikhs throughout North America," Masih said.

They want to turn a tragedy into changing the Sikhs into Christians, but until now, the Southern Baptists have not focused on the 1.1 million Sikhs in metropolitan areas between the U.  S. and Canada.

Now, since the tragic event on August 5, they want to reach out to the Sikhs with the Gospel via SEND North America, NAMB’s evangelism group.

Send North America is NAMB's church planting and evangelism strategy to penetrate lostness in 29 urban areas in North America. Through Send North America, NAMB is connecting church planters with partner churches and church planters with places that need new churches.

Masih said he has seen evangelism opportunities this week and sees opportunities to do that with the Sikh’s temple next door to the Southern Baptist Church in Baltimore, Maryland.

He called the temple, allegedly expressing his sorrow, and asked if the Baptist Church could visit the temple and give the Sikhs an opportunity to visit the church.  Masih said the temple leadership agreed and offered to bring food.

Masih plans to share his testimony, but allegedly the Sikhs will have an opportunity to share their beliefs with the Baptists.  He also plans to leave a video about Jesus, in the Punjabi language, for the Sikhs to view.  He hopes to build bridges, so that they can reach out to the Sikhs, with the Gospel of Jesus.

"When we start with us and what we believe, they're not going to listen," Masih said. "When you talk about them, they'll listen. That's how you build a bridge. Show an interest in their lives, and you'll build a relational bridge."

Masih views the doctrine of the Trinity and Incarnation as obstacles for the Sikhs, as they evangelize and share Christ with them.

Sikhs take a very strong belief in the unity of God from Islam and often struggle with Christian explanations of the Trinity.

Sikhs also see God as more of an abstract principle that cannot be defined by a human incarnation and have trouble understanding the incarnate Jesus.

He prepares the Baptists with how to relate to Sikhs and tells them to greet them in their language.  He also suggests that Baptists share their testimony and show them, “by attitudes and actions” that “God loves them.”

"The language of love is understood by all cultures," he added.

About Mriana

Mriana is a humanist and the author of "A Source of Misery", who grew up in the Church of God, Anderson Indiana. After she became an adult, she joined the Episcopal Church, but later left the Church and became a humanist. She has two grown sons and raises cats. Mriana raised her sons in the Episcopal Church, but in their teen years, they left the Church and she soon followed. One of her sons became a "Tao Buddhist" and the other a None, creating his own world view. She enjoys writing, reading, science, philosophy, psychology, and other subjects. Mriana is also an animal lover, who cares for their welfare as living beings, who are part of the earth. She is a huge Star Trek fan in a little body.
  • http://www.houseofbetazed.com Mriana

    I don't see this going any better than evangelizing other groups of people have. Changing people to believe what you do never goes well and causes more tragedy than it does good, and such things have destroyed many people. Don't believe? Remember the American Indians? We can start with them and move on to slaves and their descendents.

  • http://www.donnyrothbardt.vpweb.com/ Donny

    I have to wonder if the Sikh community would really be that lost, religion-wise, to be preached to by (no doubt well meaning) Christian Baptists?
    Hey, if that works….

    • http://www.houseofbetazed.com Mriana

      Well, living in the U. S. I'm sure they probably heard about "Jesus", but what I'm afraid of is that if the Xian extremists start evangelizing, there could be worse problems.

      • http://www.donnyrothbardt.vpweb.com/ Donny

        Personally, I enjoy when the Christian duo comes knocking. I usually invite them in and have a chat. I give my opinion and they give theirs. But I never take their evangelizing personally. I see them as well spoken and well behaved. Then they leave…with a smile.

        • http://www.houseofbetazed.com Mriana

          I treat them like salesmen and say, "We're not interested" and shut the door, if I even open it at all. Sometimes I just yell through the door asking it who is it and if they say something that means they are evangelizing, I yell through the door that we're not interested. I really don't have the time to talk to them.

          • http://www.donnyrothbardt.vpweb.com/ Donny

            How kind and compassionate you are, Mriana!

  • RM

    Shouldn't they be targeting all the people who commits all sorts of crime? They are the ones that lose out there and need God. Michael Page needed God. Sikhs at least believe in a Creator. Religions should work together for the community and not against each other. But again, I know extremists never hear this.

    Shalom

  • RM

    It was the white community who attacked the Sikh Temple. It is also said, Michael Page was not only a Nazi but also of Christian faith.

    Credibilty is low. After all, we all know that people frequently use religions to committed crimes.

    You will not be able to change their views just by preaching to them.

  • RM

    Being honest,loving, and open with each other is the best way to win people.

    The faithful find the Door of Liberation.The faithful uplift and redeem their family and relations.The faithful are saved, and carried across with the Sikhs of the Guru.The faithful, O Nanak, do not wander around begging.Such is the Name of the Immaculate Lord.Such is the Name of the Holy Lord.

    - Sri Guru Granth Sahib JI

    Waheguru Bless us All.

  • RM

    Watch these kids having fun on this video!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3GJl7OuGMRk

  • Singh

    As a Turban wearing Sikh in America, I
    do appreciate the passion that Southern Baptists have for their religion. But
    considering that Sikhism doesn't convert but instead teaches Sikhs that
    learning about other's religion and respecting their beliefs is the only way in
    which religious conflicts can be resolved.
    We also believe in universal equality, that regardless of your race,
    gender, religious beliefs we are all equal in gods eyes. Therefore converting someone is essentially
    going against this belief in equality.
    When someone approaches me to convert they are telling me that they do
    not value my beliefs which I find insulting.
    I also won't hold my breath and wait for other religions to see things the way we do as sikhs.

    • http://www.houseofbetazed.com Mriana

      Thank you for posting. I was wondering how you dealt with people who impose their religious views on you. There are many Xians who try, esp in past history and with the problems and destruction it brings, I often wonder why they do not learn. I'm concerned history could repeat itself with the Baptist. I hope not, but all to often it seems to repeat itself and cause big problems.

      • singh

        I think in the eastern religions Bhudisim/Hinduism/Sikhism/Jianism the search is inward while in the western religions from what I've seen the search is outward i.e. gathering the largest number of converts. An inward search leads to inner peace and salvation, not sure what an outward search of converting accomplishes if you haven't worked to change yourself. My only thought is that if you work on yourself and lead by example others will follow, no need to knock on doors and annoy folks on Saturday and Sunday mornings and afternoons. Yo thats my day off for gods sake, have respect :) .

        • http://www.houseofbetazed.com Mriana

          I agree with you. I also think introspection and working on yourself is better then searching outside oneself. IMHO, Eastern religions are better than Western ones and do far better in helping people better themselves. Yeah, Sunday is our day off and we shouldn't have to be bothered by people who want to try and change us in a way they think is "the [better] Way". I've mentioned this before in an opinion article I wrote, but one of my favourite Buddhist stories in the The Book of Chuang Tzu, is the one about Chaos and how Change and Dramatic thought it was a good idea to put holes in Chaos, so he'd be like them. On the seventh day, Chaos died. Religion is a lot like that, esp if others push and/or force you to be that religion… you die. Not necessarily physically, though. Religion that is forced and/or imposed on a person lacks introspection and working on oneself, esp if it focuses on things outside themselves. One does not find inner peace when they have to work on being something others think they should be and Western religions do a lot of setting people up for such a fall and it becomes a vicious cycle of self-loathing, self-denial, and self-hatred. There is no peace in that.

          Part of introspection is having time to yourself, so that you can focus on the inner part of yourself and "the way", to borrow a phrase for Taoism. I truly think the Eastern religions have been onto something for centuries, besides humanism, which can be added to these philosophies very easily. There is also something very pantheistic about them too, in that Eastern religions don't just focus on introspection, but also support the union, the idea of being one, with the universe, something Western religion try to shun.

          I'm sure you probably understand what I'm talking about with these terms, but those in Western religions don't seem to get it and I think lack of unity with others and the universe is the downfall of Western religions.

  • Sikh religion is pure

    Sikh religion is a powerful religion jests Christ did Afewmiracle our sikh gurus done 1000 of miracles you can visit Sikh shrines and witness these miracles eg guru Nanak hand in stone,guri Nanak touched a lake does not freeze in galacia area,touched a tree you can eat fruits on this tree and other trees are poisoned, etct, described how unversed existed, how many miles from earth to moon , galaxies exists no comparison Sikh scriptures are pure and written by god last revelation

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