Unfortunately, the church has not dealt with Islam or Muslims the way that Christ commanded us to do so. We are not called to add to the conflict of various belief systems in our ever deteriorating world, rather we ought to be the church of Christ for times such as these.
Only if the Islamic world, especially Saudi Arabia, Iran, and Pakistan vow to revise their education policy and philosophy the world can become a better place for everyone especially for Muslims.
Loving Muslims goes alongside what Christ teaches, and hating Muslims goes along with what the devil and his advocates want the Church to do so that we may lose our witness and invite chaos, distress, and division among us.
It is Jesus who calls us to love Muslims because He loves them too, and our Muslim friends need to know that we love them because He loves us all.
Despite all of the discussions that are focused on the ill intentions of ISIS, I have come to see the rise of ISIS as a blessing and an opportunity for the whole world.
Theologically condescending attitudes towards believers in third world countries have caused the West to miss a tremendous blessing and opportunity to grow and witness the work of the Holy Spirit in different cultures.
Rather than having merely another interfaith group, we must establish mutual trust based on common beliefs and values to help each other and to help our respective communities.
It might be difficult for you right now but if you start loving Muslims in due time it will become part of our life, and you will know that fear has been replaced by faith in Christ and his promises.
In the United States, another issue with the current cultural shift in the Western Church is its own presupposition in which things must make sense according to the American theological understanding (interpretation).
Could it be that gradually the American culture of my Baptist faith has replaced my simple faith in Christ to trust in Him for greater needs?
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