Grandma Chid

That’s a tough nut to crack, I mused to myself, reflecting on the monumental challenge of leading devout Buddhists to Christ. In fact, I don’t think anyone has really solved this problem satisfactorily. My reflection was a reaction to Grandma Chid’s recitation of her spiritual disciplines. “I get up at 4 a.m. and practice Buddhist meditation. On holy days, I go to the temple and listen to the monks chant. I give alms, refrain from sin, and distribute booklets on chanting and meditation.”

“The Sinners’ Need of Christ,” chapter two of the booklet Steps to Christ, discusses the importance of people recognizing their sinfulness before they can see their need for a Savior. Similarly, the second step of “The Four Spiritual Laws,” an evangelical gospel presentation, also emphasizes this principle. However, this is a difficult step for devout Buddhists, as they have no known sins. And if there are no sins, there is no need for a Savior.

At 93 years young, Grandma Chid is spry and active. She fell for the first time a few months ago and broke her wrist. The dead branch she was pulling on broke easier than she had expected. Duang and I attentively listened as Grandma Chid related this and other stories, contributing to the conversation and occasionally sharing something of our beliefs as appropriate. Soon, it was time for us to leave. Unfortunately, we can only visit on holidays due to the distance and her status as a prosperous landowner.

Recently, we started a morning prayer call for our online Bible study members. As we plead with God for more of the Holy Spirit, we pray for wisdom in sharing Christ with Grandma Chid and others like her who do not sense the need for a Savior. Please join us in these prayers.

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