Shiwdat, Jared Jenkins, and others
for Hindus specifically. If you don’t
pray for them, who will?
Build relationships with
each individual Hindu and make them your friends.
a pure life. They are searching for
reality! “Create in me a clean heart, O God; and
renew a right spirit within me... Then will I teach
transgressors thy ways; and sinners shall be converted unto
Psalm 51:10, 13
Show true joy in all of
Be careful to dress modestly and in a reserved manner. Work
into your life the traditional biblical values of simplicity,
spirituality, and humility.
to have a good working knowledge of Hinduism. We
need to know some of the details, the beginning, and the evolution of
the Hindu religion. Study both philosophical and devotional
Hinduism with the aim of understanding what appeals to the Hindu
heart. (Bath yourself in prayer and in God’s Word,
and stay far away from sin)
Hindus. You may not immediately like them, but
you must love them with agape love! Remember, we
were not likeable either, but Christ loved us, the unlovely.
Share your testimony.
Describe your personal experience of lostness and God’s
gracious forgiveness and peace. Testimonies must be given
with evident humility and with love and esteem for the
Hindus. It should not be shared with irreverence.
the Bible with respect. Hindus revere literature as
being almost “holy”.
the Gospel of John. – All the answers to all the
questions of all the holy books of all time are answered in one
book: The Gospel of John
Learn a couple of words
from their language.
Invite them into your home and family circle for a meal and
conversation. Strict Hindus may refuse for caste reasons, but
they appreciate friendly invitations. Do not take refusal as
a personal insult.
Respect their customs.
Always show respect to their customs and sensitivities.
Concerning food and drink; ask beforehand if they are
vegetarians. If they are, do not offer them meat.
Be a good listener.
Everyone wants to be heard and understood. Seek to discover
the needs of the Hindu heart.
Empathize with Hindus.
Appreciate all that is good and be truly sad about error and
sin. Learn what it must be like to be in his shoes.
Communicate the Gospel in
a clear manner
Keep God's personal nature
in mind. An "impersonal oneness" cannot
forgive. A person can. "For God did not send His
Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him
might be saved." John 3:17
Offer Jesus' forgiveness.
Karma means that sins are accumulated without forgiveness or
mercy. Matthew 11:28 - "Come to Me, all you who labor and are
heavy laden, and I will give you rest."
Be quick to acknowledge
mystery and lack of full understanding of the Bible.
Keep the focus on Christ.
Die daily to yourself and
allow Christ to live His life through you. "If the
way you live your life as a Christian can be explained in terms of you,
what have you to offer to the man who lives next door? The
way he lives his life can be explained in terms of him,
and so far as he is concerned, you happen to be 'religious' - but he is
not. It is only when your quality of life baffles the
neighbor that you are likely to impress them ... the kind of life you
are living is not only commendable, but that it is beyond all
human explanation...." Major Ian Thomas
Do not criticize or
condemn Hinduism in your efforts to reach out to Hindus.
Pointing out the worst aspects of Hinduism is hardly the way to win
friends or show love. Criticizing Hinduism can make us feel
we have won an argument, but it will not win Hindus to Jesus
Christ. Do not present Christianity as superior to
Hinduism. Hindus are proud of their religion and ancient
culture. If we pose ourselves as superior, we will turn them
away. Be careful when speaking of poverty in India.
Do not argue and debate on
points of disagreement. Hindus love discussions and
debates. Every Hindu is a philosopher to some extent, but no
Hindu can be argued into the Christian faith. Hindus rarely
come to Christ because of a philosophical argument.
not begin your relationship by talking about hell, or about
the fact that Jesus is the only way for salvation. Hindus
hear these things as triumphalism and are offended
unnecessarily. Speak of hell only with tears of
not be in a hurry to push for a decision or conversion.
Any pushing for a decision or conversion will do great harm.
The Holy Spirit must draw them.
not present Christianity as a Western Religion. The
Gospel reached India some 1500 years before it reached North
America. Indians, however, equate Christianity with Western