Riding in our car from the airport with our South Asian friend (who is a Christian),
she kept stating in amazement, "The water is so dirty!"
And yet the crowds in our sleepy little regional capital were amassing on the shores of every river, stream, and watering hole around our town in order to thank the sun god, Surya, for sustaining life and to ask for long life, healing, and prosperity.
They stand in the water at sundown and sunrise, bathe, and abstain from drinking water in the hope of gaining answers to their requests.
We do not worship every part of nature as containing a god. We worship God who created every part of nature. The desire in the hearts of a billion South Asians is God-given, but "they exchanged the truth about God . . . and worshiped and served the created rather than the Creator" (Romans 1:23).
When we go down to the water with new followers of Christ,
we do not work for possible blessings.
In gaining Christ, the former Hindu sex worker...
The former Muslims...
Are simply testifying to the Hindu or Muslim villages in which they live that already "new creation has come: the old things are gone, and the new has come." (2 Corinthians 5:17).
We are honored to witness God working in this way in South Asia.