ISIS, Islam, and Muslims
Weekly Small Group Meeting Notes: by Erica Broadbent
Islam- “submission” or “peace” to Allah espoused by Muhammad.
- Some Muslims actually feel they are called in their faith to look out for Christians
- “Enter into absolute peace” (Qur’an 2:208)
ISIS- militant group seeking WW caliphate and rejected by moderate Muslims
- Suicide bombings, beheadings, stoning, etc.
- World dominance mindset
The Qur’an promotes conflicting ideas
- Early passages appear to promote peace
- Later passages appear to promote violence
How We Should Respond
It is hard to say whether one individual or another is a moderate, peace-loving Muslim or if they fall into a more extreme category. This is why it is important to get to know the individual. Once we understand where they are coming from in their faith, we can better share with them ours. We have to realize who they are instead of just looking at what they are. Muslims are simply people who God created, died for, and loves. They are human beings who are searching for truth and meaning in their lives just like us. Muslims (other religions included) believe their truth is THE truth as much as we believe ours is. It is important to not make any assumptions about Muslims.
____ Stereotypes don’t work in evangelism! ____
We also must realize that just as there are differing views, interpretations, or opinions in their faith; we have the same situation in ours. We could easily look at them and point to all their divisions, but we ourselves are rather divided too. The division argument simply falls flat – piece of paper under a hippopotamus flat! Some alternative points would be: the historical content of the Qur’an or the contradictory message of the Qur’an.
GO AFTER THE MUSLIMS – IT MAY BE UNCOMFORTABLE BUT IT IS NECESSARY
There is an issue of safety that arises. Topics such as: Whether we do or don’t allow Muslim refugees into the US or whether we should welcome and befriend Muslim individuals into our personal lives. We have all heard the stories of extremists assimilating and then taking over. I, myself, think of the book “Hearts of Fire” in which a story was recounted about a predominantly Christian village welcoming in Muslim foreigners, and how it ultimately led to death and destruction. There were conversions on both sides. There were marriages that grew into families. This went on for several years before the Muslims fulfilled their plan of attack by burning the village to the ground and even taking prisoners. A story like this can cause any Christian to feel cautious. On the flipside, we are called to go to the least of these as Jesus did and have faith in our Lord to provide and protect or take us home in His will. It is important to find a balance between exercising Christian love, grace, and trust in the pursuit of evangelism; and exercising Christian wisdom and discernment. I believe this is something that we each must decide for ourselves and for each situation, as it can be a very tricky topic.
This Week’s “Bunny Trail” Thoughts
- There are times in the faith when one must rely on the guidance of the Holy Spirit. Because this can be something very difficult to determine as being in line with scripture/God’s will, it is important to: be accountable to others, prayerfully search the scriptures first, and be in a constant state of humility and self-evaluation.
- It is quite possible that our Lord doesn’t give us all the answers not only because our brains could not handle it, but also because we then are forced to put our trust in Him, which in turn grants us the growth of faith we so desperately seek.
- Pretending to convert would speak volumes about your faith.
- There is nothing wrong with defending yourself, and there is nothing wrong with not defending yourself.
Erica Broadbent is a first-year transfer student at Liberty University. She is pursuing a BSN with a focus in Global Studies. It is her hope to be able to apply the skills she acquires at Liberty in the full-time mission-field. She has been a Christian for close to ten years, and seeks to pursue Christ in every facet of her life; emotionally, physically, spiritually, and intellectually. She has a passion for evangelism, and has made it her life's goal to overflow the gates of Heaven.
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