Morality in America
When studying the founding of the United States, you can’t help but encounter the faith of the nation’s forefathers. Time and again they recognized God’s hand in the shaping of America. You will find Him repeatedly mentioned in their words and documents. And you will find Him having an active, vibrant role in the country’s early history.
Today, God continues His work in America – but it’s in a nation that has clearly lost its moral compass. Every week, “Morality in America” will address the myriad of moral concerns facing the United States and undermining its Godly heritage. After you read, remember to intercede in prayer for America – that this nation will return to the Christian standards that once defined it.
Loving Muslim Brothers
Building relationships is key
By Linda Gilden
Do you share your Christian faith with Muslims and people of other faiths you encounter while at school, work, or play? Do you even come across people of different beliefs during your average day?
Raouf Ghattaus is the pastor of the Arabic Baptist Church, which he founded in 2011 in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. His young congregation reaches out with the gospel to the growing population of Muslims in that area of Tennessee. But, Ghattaus feels that there is a major obstacle to being able to do that.
“Many are apathetic, afraid, or just not sure how to approach a Muslim in witness. We work to train churches and individuals in how to reach out to Muslims… Our church members are much more active in reaching out, and have opportunities each week to touch Muslims for Christ,” Ghattas told The Christian Post.
He also made comments about another difficulty in witnessing to the Muslim community; they are very close and tight-knit, not wanting to interact with the Christians.
Pastor Ghattaus’ comments about Christians being apathetic and not sure how to approach Muslims perhaps stems from Christians’ lack of understanding what the Muslim faith is all about.
Jesus’ command to Christians was to “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” (Matthew 19-20)
Today, you don’t even have to go to all nations. This country has become a gathering place for people from all over the world. You only have to go to the grocery store, local park, or sporting event to rub shoulders with those of other faiths. Are you prepared to share your faith with those who do not believe in Jesus as the Messiah?
There is much in the news today about religion. Often the news isn’t even related to faith but somehow the media introduces it as part of the story. Can you listen to the news with a filter that prevents prejudice, fear, and apathy from creeping in? How can Christians overcome those feelings and reach out in love to others? What is the secret to bringing others to a saving faith? Follow the example of Jesus:
- Walk among those you want to serve. Spend time getting to know people of other faiths. Learn what their religion is all about. Recognize their value as human beings, a very valuable part of the Kingdom of God. Many Muslims live in the Dearborn/Detroit area of Michigan and gather for regular events. Christians often attend, wanting to introduce them to the Christian faith. Though the Christians have been respectful, there has been opposition to their presence at Muslim events. However, they continue their efforts to reach out and get to know their Muslim sisters and brothers.
- Meet their physical needs. Jesus attended to the physical needs of those around him. Since 2009, First Covenant Church of Sacramento, California, has helped hundreds of Muslim refugees settle into new lives in this country. They provide food, meals, offer English classes, tutor, give driving lessons, and much more. Executive Pastor Mark Shetler says, “I’m very glad God has opened the door to let us develop these cherished friendships … While we have very different theologies, they are still people created in the image of God and deserve to be loved.”
- Love them unconditionally. Jesus never questioned a person’s theology or asked what it was. He reached out and touched their hearts. He drew them to Him not by His words but by His life.
If you are trying to share your faith with someone who has come from a different background, perhaps your first step should be learn what you can about their beliefs. Read, take a class, or talk to someone who understands that religion’s beliefs.
Mary wanted to get to know the mother of one of her daughter’s classmates so she could witness to her. She found the best way to do that was to invite her daughter’s friend into her home. But before she did that, she studied the tenets of their faith. She wanted to be respectful and not say anything offensive. Mary also wanted to understand the best way to reach out in love. This knowledge opened the door to later invite the family to dinner, which created an opportunity to share her faith.
Romans 15:7 tells you to “Therefore welcome one another as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God.” Can you be the hands, feet, and heart of Christ to those around you?
Linda Gilden is director of writing programs for a popular Christian communication organization. She not only writes full time but also directs two writers conferences, speaks, edits, and enjoys encouraging writers to fulfill their writing dreams.
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