Yesterday we discussed Jesus’ words in Matthew 5 where He exhorts His followers to love both our neighbors and our enemies. Regardless of our emotional response to 9/11, we’re commanded to love Muslims. This doesn’t mean we need to acquiesce to their beliefs, but that we simply “move towards them” as the Good Samaritan did in Luke 10. We are to move towards Muslims that the Lord has placed in the middle of the road upon which we are travelling, and seek to live out the Gospel in front of them in both word and action. This is what it means to love Muslims….to care for them, to pray for them, to minister to them, to share the Gospel with them, and to put their needs and concerns above our own personal needs and concerns.
The International Mission Board has provided some excellent resources to help us with this at www.lovingmuslims.com. Check out the following videos that came from that site. In addition, you will find prayer guides, small group studies, and links to some excellent resources on how to share the Gospel and “move towards” Muslims with the Gospel both in our own communities and around the world.
Let’s set aside our personal offenses and biases and obey our Master to love on Muslims.