(Note: I put this out around Christmas-time. In light of current events, I’d like to put it out there again….)
I am neither a sociologist nor an historian, but the increasingly virulent terrorist events of the past decade seem to rival the ancient and infamous “Christian” Crusades of the Dark Ages. And dark they were, but definitely not Christian. The genocide of thousands of innocent Muslims in the name of Jesus was not only travesty but, of greater significance, heresy. We now know (in retrospect) that this was perpetrated not merely by sincere misguided Christians ignorant of the true message of the Christ they professed to serve, but fueled by the worldly greed for land, power, and by the selfish ambition of many that had little or no interest in the God of the Bible.
Now for the best part. History also reveals that one of the motivating factors in the cessation of these unholy Crusades was the authentic Christians themselves, those who truly knew the Son ofGod and strove to follow, as Saint Peter wrote, “in His steps”.
In His steps? Yes, that was it. Turning the other cheek, going the extra mile, loving your enemies and praying for those who persecute you, and (here it is, whether it’s comfortable or not) forgiving as we have been forgiven.
But that’s what our Leader says. That’s our Banner, our Victor, our Peace, our Presence.
My challenge, then, goes out to my Muslim co-habitants on this very weary planet. We are currently in the throes of another crusade, only they have their own term for it: Jihad, or “Holy War”. But would you not prefer to learn from our mistake? Christians sorely dishonored their God by such actions, as it was completely contrary to the teachings of Christianity’s source document. Is Islam making the same mistake? If you can answer affirmatively, then it’s up to YOU to do what true Christians did to the Crusades….
…make it stop. Before any more bloodshed. Before any more dishonoring of Allah.
On the other hand, if the teachings of your Prophet are, in fact, to this end, this militant domination of all that is not professing Islam, then please ask yourself if this is what you signed up for. Is this the religion in your heart? Is this the truth of Islam?
All that are professing Christians are not disciples of Jesus Christ. Words are cheap. Anyone can say anything, but a person’s honest convictions will be borne out in how they live. And die. And love, or hate.
So what is Islam and who is Muhammad, really?
Islam tragically continues to celebrate new suicide bombings and public beheadings.
I choose to celebrate a Baby born in a stable.