A State of Darkness, a State Loved of God
Manipur has been one of the seven states of north east India since 1972, and has been at odds with the government since 1964. Due to the many different tribes and religions in such a packed state, confrontations arise very frequently, and often turn brutally violent. Terrorism and corruption are just considered everyday normalities, and have greatly influenced the so called “Christian” churches of the area. The population is predominantly a form of radical Hinduism, a cultural and religious mix of the local tribal and Hindu gods, and Islam. To this day, many of the non-believers follow a corrupt caste system, demonic witch-craft, sexual abuse, and even human sacrifice.
The majority of the Christian presence belongs to the tribes of the hills, the largest being the Naga tribe. The Nagas are actually the largest tribe in the whole of the NE of India, are predominantly Christian, and also have the most dangerous anti-government terrorist groups. It was through British imperial rule that the Gospel of Jesus Christ was heard and accepted by the majority of the tribes in the North East. Many of these tribes had been cut off from the known world, and were practicing head hunters, even up to the 1970’s. Presbyterians, Catholics, and Baptists still have a dominant foothold to this day. However, due to tribal protection laws, only tribal people native to the area may buy and own property in most tribal lands. After the British were forced to leave India in the 1950’s, the tribal Christians, already freshly converted, suffered from spiritual neglect.
To this day, many of the churches of the North East, especially the churches in Manipur, falsely represent Christ to their Hindu and Muslim neighbors throughout India and the surrounding countries. Terrorism, witchcraft, sexual abuse, corruption, and a plethora of false doctrines have infiltrated the Church. Many terrorists proclaim battle cries such as, “Nagaland for Christ,” as well as warped and destructive views of the Bible, lacking foundational doctrines of Jesus and His Word. ZK Pahru Pou writes in his article for The Sangai Express, “Killing continues in our land although we called it Nagaland for Christ. The Naga Churches have failed to hold back violence. The God of life has been defeated by the God of destruction and death in our land.” The spiritual darkness of these places will surprise even the most veteran of missionaries.
Due to economic and civil turmoil, the state suffers from an overwhelming number of orphans, widows, and civil neglect. The education system is in dire need of qualified teachers and resources, and the infrastructure is in shambles. Children throughout the state fall into drug abuse and alcoholism, sex trafficking, prostitution, and many join anti-government terrorist groups at very young ages. The government is not able to meet the needs of the people, and the majority of the churches are not in a position spiritually or monetarily to make a significant impact. Ministries from abroad were not able to alleviate the sufferings of the people, due to ignorance of the very need, as well as the inability to buy property and establish a presence, as stated by the tribal property laws. Because of constant civil unrest, foreigners were not even able to enter Manipur without special permission from the government, called protection area permits. That is, until now!
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