Mahatma Ghandhi, as you might recall, said “I like your Christ, but not your Christianity.” I like your Christ, but not your Christianity.” He was noting the failure of the West in living up to the teaching of Jesus Christ. God forgive us that our two major politic parties seem to be the parties of lust and greed.
Ghandhi was assassinated by an advocated for Hindu Nationalism, Nathuram Godse. Godse has been a member of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS). Godse’s chief gripe against Ghandi was being too accommodating to Muslims during the partition of India. The goal here is not to focus on Ghandhi but on the RSS.
Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh literally means “national volunteer organization.” It was founded in 1925 and had six million members by 2014. RSS supports Hindu nationalism. It has been described as almost fascist in the classical sense.
The cabinet of the first prime minister of India Jawaharlal Nehru banned the Hindutva ideology-based RSS after Ghandhi’s assassination. It was banned again under Prime Minister Indira Gandhi. But in 2014, RSS member Narendra Modi was elected Prime Minster of India. He was elected a second time by a landslide in 2019. Since his election, RSS membership has increased by 20 percent.
Anyone who leads others away from Hinduism is targeted with imputing by the RSS. Social media reports on Christian missionary activity across the nation. In 2017, the US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) ranked India’s persecution severity at “Tier 2” along with Iraq and Afghanistan. As of 2020, USCIRF placed India as Tier-1 in minority persecution along with countries like North Korea and Pakistan.
Within the decade, India will be the most populous nation on earth. Pray for the Christians in India as they carry on the mission of seeking and saving the lost.