There is a saying, “If you don’t stand for something, you’ll fall for anything!”
I wholeheartedly believe this. However, in today’s world, it seems to have been re-written to state, “It’s ok to stand for something, as long as it doesn’t offend someone else.”
I have seen where fellow Christians are wishing Muslim “brothers and sisters” a happy Eid al Adha. This shocks me, as I fail to understand the motive behind this.
I was even further shocked as I saw a video released recently of a church opening their doors to neighboring Muslims to host their Islamic services and prayers.
Many may question the problem with this, believing they are our “brothers and sisters” and that they serve the same God we do. Others may say we have to show them love so that we can reach them. I’d like to take a moment to provide a different (and not a very popular) perspective on making statements such as these.
Ambassadors of Christ
When a person who has accepted Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior starts celebrating a holiday of a false religion, he is sending a clear message that Jesus Christ gives credence to this religion. As a Christian, you are an ambassador for Christ. Therefore, non-Christians are looking at you as a representation of who Christ is and what He stands for.
If you celebrate a Muslim holiday, you may possibly sway someone who isn’t a Christian into believing that all religions are the same and offer the same Hope. However, that could not be farther from the Truth.
By wishing another person a happy (whatever) religious holiday, you state that this religion has a holiday worth acknowledging and supporting. By doing so, you are ultimately saying that there is validity to their beliefs and the pillars of their religion. This matters because there is only One Way to be saved, One True God, and One Way to Heaven.
Just in case anyone reading this doesn’t know the true road to Salvation, please read my blog on Filling the Void: Hope that Endures.
As for the comment “brothers and sisters,” we do not serve the same God and are therefore not brothers and sisters. Although we are all created in the image of God, we are not all “children of God.”
The Bible is clear that only those who have received and believed in Jesus Christ are given the right to become children of God (John 1:12). Those who follow the Islamic religion do not believe that Jesus Christ is God or the Savior, and to say such would prompt immediate correction from a Muslim. However, the Bible is very clear on this subject, as many verses give testimony to this Truth.
- “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” (Gen 1:1)
- “Again the high priest asked him, ‘Are you the Messiah, the Son of the Blessed One?’ ‘I am,’ said Jesus. ‘And you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Mighty One and coming on the clouds of heaven.’ (Mark 14:61-62)
- “In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God.” (John 1:1)
- “Very truly I tell you,” Jesus answered, “before Abraham was born, I am!” (John 8:58)
- “‘I and the Father are one.’ Again his Jewish opponents picked up stones to stone him, but Jesus said to them, ‘I have shown you many good works from the Father. For which of these do you stone me?’ ‘We are not stoning you for any good work,’ they replied, ‘but for blasphemy, because you, a mere man, claim to be God.'” (John 10:30-33)
In contrast to those verses, here is what the Quran teaches in relation to Jesus and God:
- “They said, ‘We killed the Messiah Jesus, son of Mary, the messenger of God.’ They did not kill him, nor did they crucify him, but the likeness of him was put on another man (and they killed that man)…” – Quran, 4:157
- “The Messiah (Jesus), son of Mary, was no more than a Messenger before whom many Messengers have passed away.” – Quran 5:75
- “The Messiah, Jesus, son of Mary, was only a Messenger of God…Do not say: ‘God is a Trinity.’ Give up this assertion; it would be better for you. God is indeed just One God.” – Quran 4:171
Based on these obviously contrasting views of God, you can clearly see that the “God” of whom the Muslims speak is not the same God in which Christians believe. Because we believe that Jesus is God and not merely a person created by God, we cannot be “brothers and sisters.”
Especially clear is the fact that they do not believe in the Trinity of God the Father, Jesus the Son, and the Holy Spirit. (Isaiah 48:16 / Matt 28:19 / John 15:26 / Rev 1:8) The Trinity is a hard concept even for Christians to fully understand, as we take this in faith. I believe Billy Graham said it best when he stated that there are many things in the Bible that he did not understand, but that he was going to accept it as God’s Word by Faith.
Love Them to Reach Them
We are absolutely commanded by God to “love our neighbors as ourselves,” and to “love one another, as I have loved you,” and even more outrageously to “love our enemies and to pray for those that persecute you.” (Matt 22:39 / John 15:12 / Matt 5:44)
However, I offer up a less popular view on what it means to love. Sometimes the best way to love someone is to let them know that they are being led astray, that they follow a false god, and that if they do not turn from their wicked ways, they will be separated from God and tormented for an eternity. I’m not saying that is the most comfortable conversation to have, but it is absolutely the most loving conversation to have.
After all, “greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” (John 15:13)
Isn’t it time we lay down our own lives by putting aside our own worries about how telling them the Truth could offend them? Isn’t it time to quit being politically correct because we think we will be ridiculed or challenged because we are questioning their religion? Should we not instead be loving them as Christ loved us? Jesus challenged false teachings, spoke of our need for salvation through Him, and died so that we may have Life. Who are we not to share this love to Muslims or whomever may cross our paths? Their eternal life depends on it, and nothing is more important than loving them enough to speak this Truth.
In conclusion, let me say that I am aware that this post will offend some who read it. However, please know that it is not my heart or intention to hurt you at all. In fact, it is just the opposite.
It is because I love you as Christ has loved me that I write this. It is because YOU MATTER. Jesus tells us “I tell you that in the same way, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance.” (Luke 15:7)
It breaks my heart to think about my Jesus being falsely represented or anyone possibly being swayed to believe in false lies because of the push for universal acceptance of all religions. Make no mistakes, the message of the Bible and Jesus Christ IS offensive, but for those of us who believe, it is the gift of eternal life and an unconditional love that we will never know outside of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
So, as Christians, let’s be certain to always stand for Truth, even when offensive, so as not to enable others to fall!