Southern Baptists: Let’s Reach out to Sikh Community… by Converting Them

The North American Mission Board — a Southern Baptist group hell-bent on converting everyone — says the best way to reach out to the Sikh community following Sunday’s temple shooting is by getting them to drop their faith and adopt Christianity:

We have an opportunity now to turn this very sad situation into a life-changing encounter with the Gospel for Sikhs throughout North America,” [national coordinator for Muslim people groups and South Asians, Aslam] Masih said.

(Wait… Southern Baptists have someone whose entire job is to convert brown people? Ugh. On second thought, I guess I’m not surprised at all…)

Masih said he has already seen ministry opportunities emerge this week. He mentioned one Sikh temple next door to an SBC church in Baltimore. On Monday, Masih talked with the pastor, who told him about his struggles to build a relationship with the neighboring temple.

Masih then, with the pastor still on the phone, called the temple’s priest and, in his own Punjabi language, expressed his sorrow over Sunday’s tragedy. He asked for the opportunity to bring local Southern Baptists — including members of the neighboring church — to visit the temple and to give the Sikh community a tour of an SBC church. He said the temple leadership enthusiastically agreed — and even volunteered to bring the food. Both sides will have an opportunity to share what they believe and Masih plans to share his own testimony. He also plans to leave them with a film on Jesus in their Punjabi language.

That’s Christian love for you.

“You know how your faith was targeted by a murderer? Well, we think it’s full of shit, too, so we’d like to introduce you to Jesus.”

These people have absolutely no ability to understand how their actions might look the other way around. Can you imagine if, after someone like Billy Graham dies, a bunch of Sikhs show up to churches nationwide and tell them about reincarnation?

It would never happen. Because Sikhs — and almost every other faith group, for that matter — aren’t arrogant enough to believe their mythology will make everything better for Christians in the aftermath of personal loss.

(Thanks to @enterprise1705 for the link)

About Hemant Mehta

Hemant Mehta is the editor of Friendly Atheist, appears on the Atheist Voice channel on YouTube, and co-hosts the uniquely-named Friendly Atheist Podcast. You can read much more about him here.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001627228091 Alexander Ryan

    They don’t even care.  They’re obviously not fond of Sikh, and they’re just attempting to seize an opportunity to convert them. That’s just low. 

  • http://twitter.com/GreenEyedLilo Jayelle

    Absolutely disgusting. Not surprising, but disgusting nonetheless.

  • http://mamamara.wordpress.com/ Mara

    I don’t know why I’m so surprised by this and yet every time they show what unfeeling, uncaring douchebags they are…I’m shocked.

  • 0xabad1dea

    The Southern Baptist religion, or whatever they call themselves now (I heard they were ditching the name ‘Southern Baptist Convention’) is truly self-absorbed even beyond normal Christian standards. I was still very much a Christian when I was first brought to a Southern Baptist church around age 11. They did not use the word “Christian” even once the entire Sunday, but I think they said “Southern Baptist” about twenty times. “God bless the Southern Baptists… as Southern Baptists our duty is to…” etc. As an 11yo fundamentalist Christian my only thought was “good GLORY these people must be a pain to work with!”

  • mikespeir

    The best way to show somebody how much you love them is getting them to realize how utterly, hopelessly wrong they are.

  • CoboWowbo

    They wouldn’t be christian unless they were trying to shove their beliefs down the throats of others. 

    From what I read, sikhs do not pursue people to convert to the sikh faith. They do give information about sikhism to those who ask. These christians should take a page of the sikh playbook.

    • Trickster Goddess

       As I recall from my world religions class, Sikhs accept all religions as valid paths to the divine and part of their tradition when building a new temple is to have a leader of a different faith lay the cornerstone.

  • The Captain

    Southern baptist : “So you where targeted for murder by a christian because of your fait? You no what can prevent that, just become a christian”

    Douche bags! 

  • Stev84

    This a sect that was founded solely to continue and defend slavery. It has taken them until 1995 to issue a half-hearted apology for that, but their mentality hasn’t changed a bit. They are equally obnoxious in all other areas. They also have plenty of sex scandals and covers ups.

  • http://twitter.com/ylaenna M. Elaine

    I suspect they care less about the Sikh victims and more about the referral bonuses they can deposit in their imaginary sky bank.

    • Tainda

      Is that kinda like Sky Miles?

  • The Captain

    I’m sure Southern Baptist are not trying to justify terrorism…. but if a terrorist form their religion commits a terrorist act that helps them in their goal why not jump on the opportunity huh? -Assholes!

  • The Other Weirdo

    It’s actually pretty Christian of them, however. Jesus did say that to those who have a lot(the right kind of faith), more would be given, and from those who have little(the right kind of faith), even more would be taken away.

  • Conspirator

    I wonder if the Baptists have any idea that the Sikhs are looking at this as an opportunity to educate other people about who they are and what they believe, and are not looking to proselytize.  And they probably assume that’s why the Baptists want to do this too.

  • advancedatheist

    Sikhs have already gotten Southern Baptist morality down for the most part, except for their superstition about cutting hair:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sikhism#Prohibitions_in_Sikhism 

    There are a number of religious prohibitions in Sikhism. Prohibited are:Cutting hair: 
    Cutting hair is strictly forbidden in Sikhism. Sikhs are required to keep unshorn hair.
    Intoxication: Consumption of alcohol, drugs, tobacco, and other intoxicants is not allowed. Intoxicants are strictly forbidden for a Sikh.[46][47][48] However the Nihangs of Punjab take an infusion of cannabis to assist meditation.[49]
    Adultery: In Sikhism, the spouses must be physically and mentally faithful to one another.[46][47][48]
    Blind spirituality: Superstitions and rituals should not be observed or followed, including pilgrimages, fasting and ritual purification; circumcision; idols & grave worship; compulsory wearing of the veil for women; etc.
    Material obsession: Obsession with material wealth is not encouraged in Sikhism.
    Sacrifice of creatures: The practice of sati (widows throwing themselves on the funeral pyre of their husbands), ritual animal sacrifice to celebrate holy occasions, etc. are forbidden.
    Non-family-oriented living: A Sikh is encouraged NOT to live as a recluse, beggar, yogi, monastic (monk/nun) or celibate. Sikhs are to live as saint-soldiers.
    Worthless talk: Bragging, lying, slander, “back-stabbing”, etc. are not permitted. The Guru Granth Sahib tells the Sikh, “Your mouth has not stopped slandering and gossiping about others. Your service is useless and fruitless.”[50]
    Priestly class: Sikhism does not have priests, they were abolished by Guru Gobind Singh (the 10th Guru of Sikhism).[51] The only position he left was a Granthi to look after the Guru Granth Sahib, any Sikh is free to become Granthi or read from the Guru Granth Sahib.[51]
    Eating meat killed in a ritualistic manner (Kutha meat): Sikhs are strictly prohibited from eating meat from animals slaughtered in a religiously prescribed manner (such as dhabihah or shechita, known as Kutha meat, when the animal is killed by exsanguination via throat-cutting.[52] ), or any meat where langar is served.[53] The meat eaten by Sikhs is known as Jhatkameat.[54][55]
    Having premarital or extramarital sexual relations[46][47][56][57]

    I guess if a Sikh guy wanted to rebel against his god and have a meaningless, despairing, angst-ridden, nihilistic life, he could start by going to the barber shop and getting shorn.

    • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/FDGYHBEWVNGUG763L5X4TON3JQ Nazani14

      Actually, there are more short-haired Sikhs around than you might think.  Some Indian Sikhs who live in areas where there have been anti-Sikh riots cut their hair to protect themselves, as well as Sikhs living abroad.   

      • http://annainca.blogspot.com/ Anna

        True, especially in the United States. One of our closest family friends growing up was a Sikh. I don’t think he was particularly devout, but we spent many holidays with him and his (Buddhist) wife. I met several members of his family over the years, and none wore turbans. When he died, I went to the funeral at the local gurdwara and actually saw relatively few men or boys wearing them. Both males and females had to cover their heads with a scarf inside the building, though.

  • LesterBallard

    This is how their charity works as well. “You’re hungry? Would you like some soup and a sandwich? Do you want to hear the good news about Jesus Christ? No? Next!”

    • Stev84

      Which is why I always have to roll my eyes when I hear people say “But Christians help the poor”. Yeah, but usually there are strings attached

      • LesterBallard

        More like chains than strings.

  • Octoberfurst

     This kind of crap really irks me and the Southern Baptists do it all the time. I agree with Hemant about how callous this must seem to the Sikh community. The gunman—who probably considered himself a Christian or at least was raised Christian–kills a bunch of Sikhs simply because they were Sikhs. So now the South Baptists think it would be swell to go to them in their hour of despair and say, “You know what you need to do? Accept Jesus as your savior!”  Yeah accept the gunman’s religion. What a bunch of self-righteous, smug a–holes!
      Can you imagine if a Muslim terrorist shot up a bunch of Jews coming out of a synagogue and later having an Imam come over to the grieving Jewish community and say, “What would really help you guys right now is to convert to Islam.”  It wouldn’t happen. Why? Because Muslims, like most people, wouldn’t be as arrogant as the yahoos in the Southern Baptist church.

  • http://www.facebook.com/don.gwinn Don Gwinn

    The SBC people are being creepy weirdos, but why did the Sikh priest enthusiastically agree* to the encounter?  I might be cynical, but I figured he either sees a chance to get along a little better with the Baptists next door, or a chance to introduce them to the wonders of the Sikh way.  Surely it wouldn’t take a lot of imagination to pretend to himself that the Baptists would like to know more about Sikh ideas and that their proposal counts as “asking about it.”  

    *I realize we have only their word for this.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/WFOS76DS42PBNNDHOOPS5IBKEI JayD

      From all that I’ve read over the past couple of days, Sikhs don’t proselytize but they view it as an honor if someone asks to visit their temple. I can imagine why they would be flattered if a Church pastor called them, spoke in their native language, and asked to visit.

      • http://annainca.blogspot.com/ Anna

        Yes, they definitely don’t proselytize. When I visited the local gurdwara a few years ago, they gave all of the non-Sikh visitors a nice tour of the building and explained a little about their religion’s history.

  • Wotan Anubis

    Pretty sure Sikhs wouldn’t show up at a Church to tell everyone about reincarnation.

    Because if I’m not mistaken, Sikhs don’t believe in reincarnation.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1351473675 Matthew Baker

       Sikhs do believe in reincarnation but they don’t  proselytize. 

  • Trickster Goddess

    Vulture evangelism.

  • Margaret Whitestone

    Christianity is by its very nature predatory, and people in vulnerable situations are the best prey.  

  • Eleanorph

    Also shows how little research they did as Sikhs acknowledge Jesus as one of their prophets so already know quite a lot about him and probably don’t need a video about him.

  • kaydenpat

    If Sikhs wanted to be Christians, in a predominantly Christian nation like the US, I’m sure they have had many opportunities to do so before this tragedy.  Christians should offer their solidarity with the victims of the Wisconsin tragedy and stop at that.  Not try to prey on unsuspecting mourners.

  • Samsengsingh

    You are an Idiot Hemant Mehta. I am not sure why Sikhs would convert to a bull shit christianity…the bible indicate the world was created in six days..Idiot….I am a former christians. You know science says something else..

  • Gary

    If you knew your neighbor’s house is going to explode in flames tonight and that his entire family will die…are you being rude by banging on the door to warn him of what’s coming?

    That is the Christian view on eternity. We preach the Gospel (proselytize) because we care.


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