Ive been posting a lot of stories about terrorism and Islam, that it is easy to get angry and defensive and forget Christ's call to love. I think the only way to make a difference in the world is Christ's love. What does that love look like?
The Bible says, that true love is that someone would lay down their life for a friend. This is also love that while we were sinners, Christ died for us.
True love is sacrificial. True love overlooks faults and see the created individual. So even while I will be posting stories showing a lot of the atrocities being committed today, we need to remember that God's love calls us to the entire world. With that being said, I think we can also find good in people. The bible says we are created in the image of God. Now because of sin, we have corrupted that image, but something of that image remains in us all. Somethings I admire muslims for is their discipline. They are disciplined to pray 5 times daily. Now their discipline comes out of a desire to escape judgement while our discipline should come from a love of God. As Christians we are commanded to be praying continuously or without ceasing. But sometimes it seems like it would take a Miracle to find Christians who pray just 5 times a day. Another thing that I admire about Islam, is their reverence to Allah's name and glory. Any defamation to that name is taken as a direct insult. As Christians, we are commanded to Not take the Lord's name in vain. But sometimes it seems common place to do that. Another thing I also admire is a form of music they have called Nasheed. It is traditionally all acapella but sometimes percussion is allowed. Here is a link to some more contemporary Nasheed.
It is actually really beautiful music. I think it would be cool to see if Christians in the middle east use a similar type of music.
Anyways, I think that God's love can reach past boundaries. The only hope for Muslims is Christ's salvation. And the only way that Muslims will hear it, is by someone loving them enough to sacrifice. A love that understands the violent and evil tendencies of Islam, but looks past that to the person.