Caste System as a Spiritual StrongholdOct 02, 2015 01:00 amToday's DevotionalJames 2:8-9a, NLT "Yes indeed, it is good when you obey the royal law as found in the Scriptures: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” But if you favor some people over others, you are committing a sin."How can you love people if you view yourself as better than them? That is a challenge for Hindus who adhere to the caste system just as it was for colonialists who viewed Westerners as superior to Asians. This month we are praying for mostly Muslim people groups in Pakistan’s Punjab Province who still suffer from the shadow of Hinduism’s caste system.Pray that as the Church grows in Pakistan, it will be known for its love for all people, no matter what caste status they hold.—KCToday's People Group(This fictional story serves to illustrate the part that the caste system plays in the Punjab Province.)Boys were running around the playground kicking up dust that left the back of their legs a dusty brown, while the girls sat around and talked. Two girls sat away from the rest under the shade of the large jujube tree. Although both were dressed in everyday salwar kameez clothes, one of them wore a white scarf covering her hair as the custom of her religion—Islam—dictated, while the other did not.The Muslim girl listened intently to her classmate as she spoke about the church she attends. Her friend’s enthusiasm about the songs and the stories they sang and heard in church made the Muslim girl wish she could go to church as well. Their conversation was rudely interrupted by other girls in scarves who jeered, “Why are you talking with that low caste sweeper girl?” The Muslim girl abruptly left and never associated with her Christian classmate again.Muslim Punjabis, who mostly come from higher caste peoples, do not associate with Christians because they usually come from the lower castes. Large numbers of Punjabi low caste Hindus have responded to the gospel, and it is very difficult for these believers to reach out to their Muslim Punjabi neighbors because of their place in society.Pray that God would break down caste barriers that serve as an impediment to the spread of the gospel and bolster injustice and pride.Learn more at Joshua Project.