Friday, May 04, 2018

Balaam’s ass, Bartholomaeus Ziegenbalg, and Donald Trump


In my morning meditation time I’m reading through Kelly Kullberg’s book, A Faith and Culture Devotional for the third time.  Today’s selection is the one I find the most fascinating of all the marvelous stories in the book—“Ziegenbalg: India’s First Missionary.”

Here’s how the story of this incredible man of God begins: “When King Friedrich IV of Denmark suffered the death of his favorite mistress in 1704, he granted a longstanding petition from both his wife and his mother.  As reformist Lutheran Pietists, they wanted missionaries sent to his trading ports.  So began the journey to India of the first ever Protestant missionary, Bartholomaeus Ziegenbalg, age 23, from Halle in Germany.” This man is so honored by Indians for the changes he brought, he was honored in 2006 by the whole country. Think about it.  Death of a mistress of a king—request from his wife—sends a German pietist to India! It’s hard to get your mind around that.

Balaam’s ass is a story from the Old Testament and mentioned in the New Testament about a false prophet name Balaam who was sent by Balak of the Moabites to cast evil on the Hebrews.  On the way, his donkey sees something—an angel--and refuses to move forward.  Balaam beat the animal, but the Lord spoke to Balaam through the ass. The donkey saw the angel, but Balaam didn’t.

So what’s  Christian to do when she sees and hears about Donald Trump’s strange/immoral behavior, yet he continues to do good for the country—like border protection, possible release of Americans from North Korea, and relief from burdensome taxes and regulations that hurt the middle class?  Is God speaking in ways we don’t expect?

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