5 thoughts on “4 Reasons Christians Must Reject Islamophobia

  1. Rebecca,
    Saw this linked through Facebook. I agree with you and part of loving and understanding is being informed. The reality is that many Muslims are like many Christians, they don’t know what the holy book says. As Christians we should make sure that if our heart is full of fear of “the other” we should first, be in the Word and in prayer and then read and try to understand the Koran. There are many areas in which a person can speak about how Mohammed wrote of Jesus and clarifying the differences between what he wrote and what the Bible says. This can happen in conversation and it may open for them the faith that we love and hold so dear, but it may also help them to be a greater voice against extremism. Lutheran Hour Men’s Ministry has a great two part study on Islam that is lead by a knowledgeable former Muslim that converted to Christianity and he lays out much of what the Koran says as well as what some of the more extreme views that come from writings outside of the Koran by other early Muslim theologians and their interpretations of the teachings of Mohammed. It doesn’t call for appeasement which is often dishonest in its approach, but it does help in being able to be a positive witness. We should not celebrate in the suffering of anyone nor should we desire to be the bearers of it, unfortunately the negative witness seems to get the news. Muslims, I don’t believe, will be saved if they are a “good Muslim” anymore than a Christian will be saved by their good works, it is only through faith in Jesus Christ we are saved and if we are killed in being a positive witness to one who desires to kill us, what harm has been done? Maybe in our death if we are reflecting Christ the one who is killing us may see Him and in our death they may come to salvation and be of greater witness than we ever could spreading the Good News of Jesus Christ farther than we could in life. This is not saying I desire to die or put myself in a position to be martyred, but my prayer is that if faced with death because of my faith that to the last breath that my witness would be strong. It’s amazing how many miss the fuller history of our faith and fail to see that more Christians have died for their witness in history for the perpetuation of the faith than have killed those who wish to destroy our faith and how we forget the witness of Stephen as stones were cast because of his faithful witness. May our lives be reflections of Christ and our deaths be in faithful witness whether it be of natural causes or brought upon us with great suffering. Peace to you and your family. Thanks for this.
    In Christ,
    Chris

  2. Thanks for writing this piece. It fits in almost perfectly with what a group of us were talking about after church on Sunday – we’re going through James, and the sermon this week was on James 2 (Do not show favoritism) and the story of the good Samaritan was used as an illustration. We were talking about how our behavior in the world makes our favoritism clear, which is why the church is so segregated, why so many feel unwelcome even to walk into the doors of a church. We’ve created a situation with Islamaphobia that extends to outright prejudice towards any people of Middle Eastern descent, regardless of their religious affiliation. Would the Middle Eastern Christians that are being persecuted right now be welcome in our neighborhoods without an immediate and visible caveat about their faith? Could they walk into our churches and be met with love and comfort, or would they be met with misunderstanding and fear?

  3. Good blog post. The Christian theology/ethics is well stated. I do however have one quibble. I am no Islamaphobe but, I take issue with bullet point 1. While there are a tiny minority of radical fundamentalist Christians who, in misguided zeal, are willing to do violence in the name of Christ, this hardly compares to the thousands of radicalized Muslims across the world who do indeed want to force Islamic rule upon others or kill them. This is reality and while most of these radicalized Muslims live outside the US there is a legitimate cause for concern, which is not entirely self serving or about hate. What we as Christians do with this concern and yes sometimes fear is another matter which your post addresses. I do think the communication lines between Christians and main stream Muslims need to open up so, there is more understanding between faiths. Also we as American Christians have lived a relatively persecution free life especially when compared to Christians in the Middle East or China which we unfortunately feel entitled to.

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