Headlines from the New York Times for Tuesday, October 24, 2017
Across Myanmar, Denial of Ethnic Cleansing and Loathing of Rohingya
(If you read my blog, you know that I have been following these events. Consider the Amos passage below, as you pray for these people.)
The Buddhist abbot tucked his legs under his robes and began to explain.
Rohingya Muslims do not belong in Myanmar, and they never have, he said. Their fertility allowed them to overwhelm the local Buddhist population. But now, somehow, many Rohingya seemed to be gone.
“We thank the Lord Buddha for this,” said U Thu Min Gala, the 57-year-old abbot of the Damarama Monastery in Sittwe, the capital of Rakhine State in western Myanmar. “They stole our land, our food and our water. We will never accept them back.”
An overwhelming body of published accounts has detailed the Myanmar Army’s campaign of killing, rape and arson in Rakhine, which has driven more than 600,000 Rohingya out of the country since late August, in what the United Nations says is the fastest displacement of a people since the Rwanda genocide.
Readings from the Prophet Amos for Tuesday, October 24, 2017
God calls us to seek a relationship with him. That relationship involves faithfulness to him and responsible actions toward others. Today, please pray that people will begin to live according to these words in Amos.
Amos 5.14-15 – Seek good, not evil, that you may live. Then the Lord God Almighty will be with you, just as you say he is. Hate evil, love good; maintain justice in the courts. Perhaps the Lord God Almighty will have mercy on the remnant of Joseph.
Prayers for Tuesday, October 24, 2017
Dear God, Myanmar is but one example of how our world needs to simply hate evil and love good. Please help us to do this.