Two weeks ago, Jonathan received an invitation to teach at a Christian seminary in Pakistan this May, but just last week 20 terrorists attacked the seminary on a mission of death and destruction. Please pray for Pastor Khan and those who have survived this heartbreaking atrocity. I think Jonathan will have more details on his next ministry post, for any of you who are interested.(Picture from the U.K. Daily picturing angry Muslim protesters in Afghanistan)
On February 23, Franklin Graham appeared on Fox News appealing for an overturn of the sentence passed on Pastor Yousef Nadarkhani, who has been condemned to death by an Iranian court for converting from Islam to Christianity. He is guilty of apostasy under Islamic law. (Hamas website reporting anger of the Egyptian Jihad)
I’ve been trying to understand the Muslims and what their “Holy War” is all about. As I understand it, it’s not simply trying to get revenge for how other religions or nations have persecuted their people either in the past or in the present. It’s not “what we’ve done” but “who we are and what we believe,” and that’s the basic nature of all genocides, be it Nazis against the Jewish in World War II or the extremist Muslims’ present “Holy War” against the world. It’s an all-out war against every religion and every people who do not worship Allah as god. They believe that Allah is the only true god, and that anyone who worships any other god, or who fails to worship their god, should be obliterated. (I took this picture inside the Haggai Sophia, which was built as a Christian cathedral in Istanbul, although now it is a Turkish museum.)
So, how do you fight a war like that? Is that really “holy” war? Not for the Christian. Christ calls us to “Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you” (Matthew 5:44). This runs totally contrary to human nature and is only possible through the grace of God, but that is our calling. (I took this picture inside a Muslim mosque.)
I think murdering everyone who doesn’t worship your god is not the way of life, but the way of death…not the kingdom of light, but the kingdom of darkness. I heard a converted Muslim terrorist who said that he was ready to die for Allah when he discovered that Jesus had already died for him. He found joy in the thought of living for a God who loved him rather than dying for a god who did not love him.
“Walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their minds, having their understanding darkened, being alientated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their hearts, who being past feeling have given themselves over to lasciviousnesss… But you have not so learned Christ…” (Ephesians 4:17-20).