I hate it when a mother and father pour gasoline on their young daughter’s back and light her on fire to teach her a lesson.
I hate it when a mother is tired of her daughter’s friend coming over to eat so she decides to poison her. Bringing out two separate bowls of food and handing the poison bowl to her child’s friend she then walks away to eat her own food indoors. The little girls decide to switch bowls. The mother spends a week in jail for killing her daughter (she was able to pay her way out).
I hate it when a young man works hard in school, passes all his exams, and is eagerly looking forward to seeing his name on the graduate list. When it did not appear, he goes to the teacher who demands a bribe. He cannot pay and has to go through another year of school.
I hate it when that same young man noted above has the opportunity to report this teacher to the Corruption Board but will not do so because of fear of retribution.
I hate it when a pastor is given money to buy bibles but spends it on himself. That same pastor was given five sacks of maize to help feed hungry people and no one is helped.
I hate seeing a dozen or so young boys (8 to 10 years old) taken by a witchdoctor to the bush for the purpose of sexual training (called Unyago). They are told that they must be sexually active or they will lose their manhood. The parents pay a huge amount of money to the witch doctor. Upon returning there is a huge drunken party for three days. Any women attending must give themselves to any man who approaches them.
I hate it when a young girl, learning about Jesus decides she does not want to participate in Unyago, but is forced by her parents to go.
I hate it when I pray for someone to be healed and they begin to get better, but then they decide they need the help of the witchdoctor as well. In the end the devil wins and the person dies.
I hate it when a young man decides he wants to become a teacher but is told he must pay $20,000 mts to get the job. They settle on $10,000 so he borrows the money, pays the bribe and later discovers that the job was given to a higher bidder. He requests his money back and receives this response: “What money?” Not only does he not get the job but is now in debt for a huge amount he cannot repay. He could end up in prison for not paying what he owes, or for trying to cheat.
I hate it when other missionaries tell me, “This is the culture, you can’t change it.” What do you think? Is it true? Should I just accept this wicked culture as being unchangeable? Why are we here if we have no hope of change? One by one. Disciple by disciple we CAN make a difference! We are making a difference. Who will join me in prayer for the Yao? Who will stand in the ‘gap’? Who will pray with me the prayer that Jesus instructed His disciples to pray: “God give us more laborers!” ? Give us faithful Yao men and women who will be transformed and help to transform their world, their nation, their culture. With God all things are possible.
Most of all I hate the devil, the author of evil who blinds the minds of unbelievers. And he hates us, created in the image of God, for whom Jesus died and rose again. Is it possible that the devil hates us more than we hate him? Is it possible that we as believers have become the proverbial “frog in the kettle” by accepting what is evil in our homes, in our work place, in our relationships, etc. because there is no apparent pain? Perhaps after reading the above accounts of what I know to be true, you will stop and think about it.
“The fear of the Lord is to hate evil” Proverbs 8:13
“Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and depart from evil.” Proverbs 3:7