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MY NATION, MY PASSION! God's concern for the world in which we live cannot be over-emphasized. The Psalmist beautifully states, “The earth is the Lord's, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it” (Ps 24:1). God's love and care encompasses everything he created, not just mankind. Even the 'fall' has not affected his love and concern for the world (Jn.3:16). If God is still concerned about the world and everything in it, should we be indifferent? It is easy to condemn the world for its present evil and corrupted state, and keep ourselves aloof. It is even easier to become too otherworldly and wash our hands off, saying, “that the world is ultimately destined for God's wrath…so why bother about it!” Let us not forget that we have dual citizenship. As we wait for our heavenly home, we cannot simply ignore our earthly home. Here and now, God wants us to fulfill his will and purposes. Let our prayers be, “Our Father in heaven, reveal who you are. Set the world right; Do what's best as above, so below.” (Eugene Peterson’s The Message). We Christians in India must realize that God loves our nation. He cares for people who live here. All those who claim to love the Lord must love this nation where God has put us! Our patriotism should not be confined to cheering India to victory in sports. We should develop a passion for the welfare of this nation. Someone said, “If God needs to touch the world he needs our hands.” We must become God's instruments in changing our nation. Being a Christian means spontaneous active involvement in God's business. That's our broad calling. Praying for the ministers and bureaucrats, staying in touch with the happenings in our nation, responding to critical issues like corruption and poverty, leading by examples to others on morality, ethics, integrity, honesty and faithfulness are a few things which we could do for sure. Switching from passive mode to active mode will help our country experience changes in a big way. It is important to understand that God's plan of redemption includes redeeming our nation from its social, cultural and political evils, not just saving souls. The more we take our faith seriously; we can't stop but plunge into action, from prayer to participation in the life struggles of people around us. Jesus went about doing good. No custom of his day hindered his reach to the marginalized in the society - women, gentiles and sick. He was so moved by seeing the needy people. Our country is all about people and people with various needs - physical, mental and spiritual. Let our approaches be redemptive and holistic. May God bless our nation! John Jebaraj James. John serves with the UESI, based in Chennai. He is the editor of Campus Link magazine.. CONTACT DETA ILS SOULCONNECT # 7, Eden Rock Layout, Byrathi, Dodda Gubbi Post, Bangalore - 560077. Email: soulconnect2india@gmail.com Website: www.tafnet.in

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Sam K John EDITORIAL TEAM Joseph Devadason Shibu K Mathew John Jebaraj James Ashwin Ramani Nalini Parmar

SOUL CONNECT Vol.1 No.4  

This is the fourth issue

SOUL CONNECT Vol.1 No.4  

This is the fourth issue

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