Songwriter Gary S. Paxton’s song “Sophisticated Savages” has a line saying “what we loathe we typify“.
Sadly, the broad Christian worldview sees Muslims only as “the enemy”.
It’s helpful to know that when we fought the Germans in WW1 and WW2, we fought against fellow Christians.
The American Civil War, the singular war that claimed more American lives than the sum of all other wars in our history, was a war fought by fellow Christians from both sides of the Mason-Dixon line.
What, or who, are the Muslims? They are moms and dads, sons and daughters, very ordinary people whose eastern cultures differ greatly from those of us living in Western societies.
Why would Kenyan Muslims race to save Kenyan Christians? Could it be because they are fellow countrymen, friends, and neighbors? Could it be they love their Christian neighbors? Consider the words of Jesus (John 15:13), ” There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.”
Do I promote ecumenical-ism? No, by no means. I am a Christian who shares the same passion of my Lord Jesus Christ that none should perish but have eternal life. Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life. There is no other way to eternal life in Heaven.
Because I am a Christian, I subscribe to the dictates of my Lord.
1 John 4:8 succinctly states, “But anyone who does not love does not know God, for God is love.” This verse is indelibly etched in my mind in three languages. This, to me, is the most profound sentence in the entire Bible.
God is Love. Dios es amor. Deus caritas est.
There is a false idea that circulates among Christians that forgiveness is unconditional. Look again at Matthew 6:14-15.
“If you forgive those who sin against you, your heavenly Father will forgive you. But if you refuse to forgive others, your Father will not forgive your sins.“
Right now, at this moment in time, there are Muslim background believers (MBB) living within our Rockwall city limits. God is calling Muslims to faith in Jesus Christ through dreams and visions, consistent with Joel 2:28. This is how the Apostle Paul became a believer, also. I refer the reader to Acts 9:1-19.
I know fellow veterans who remember battles against al Qaeda, the Taliban, and ISIS warriors in the Middle East. Allow me to again remind you that more Christians have killed Americans than have Muslims.
Choose love. Choose life. Choose to pray for Muslims. Choose not to loathe and typify.