“God have people be good. Have them follow Jesus.”
I don’t know if you’ve been keeping up with what’s happening in Kyrgyzstan. It’s okay if you haven’t. I honestly wouldn’t know anything about it if it weren’t a two-hour drive away from me. Last Wednesday, some rebels began fighting with police in Bishkek, the capital. Last I heard, the President had fled the capital, and the rebel leader had proclaimed that they were now in charge of the government. Between 70 and 100 people have died, many more have been injured, schools and businesses have closed, and public places like malls, squares and stores have been looted and destroyed. I have several friends who live there and are stuck in the midst of it.
My heart and the hearts of my roommates are breaking for the people of this country. So last Thursday, we had some people in our room to pray for the situation. One of them was our Latvian friend Vadim who gave his life to Christ at our recent retreat.
The other was our friend Kaisar, who’s Chinese. He has such an innocent heart that’s so open to the Gospel. After recently talking with our friend Ertai, who’s a Muslim, Kaisar said that he wished Ertai would just open his heart. “To what?” my roommate Brian asked him. “To Jesus,” he responded.
On top of that, when we invited him to our room to pray, he said, “We must. It is our duty!”
We said that people could pray in whatever language they wanted, so, of course, we expected Kaisar to pray in Chinese. But then he began to pray in English. It was such a simple, honest prayer: “God have people be good. Have them follow Jesus.” No big churchy words. Not long-winded and pretentious, but from the heart. He’s truly coming to the Kingdom of God like a little child, as should we all. He’s helping to melt the thick walls of “christianese” and arguing about theology and doctrine that surround my heart—and probably so many of yours.
God, may our hearts be broken for the hurting in Kyrgyzstan, and may we come with hearts like little children.
And like Kaisar.