What follows is a discussion regarding differing religions and love.
Throughout history religion has been used as a tool to oppress, attack, and destroy people of different religious beliefs. In our world today there is still much oppression and genocide being committed in the name of religion. Since September 11, 2001 it has become popular to not only hate Islamic radicals and terrorists, but all Muslims. Our question is this; Is this hate what God teaches and expects of us?
Christianity began with the teachings of Jesus, and approximately 2012 years later Christianity is practiced throughout the world. Islam began with the teachings of Mohammed, and approximately 1512 years later Islam is practiced throughout the world. Now, here is the difficulty as we see it. Christians believe in the one true God (the God of Abraham, Issac, and Jacob). Muslims believe that Allah is the one true god. Both are equally convinced that the other is deceived, both attempt to spread their message worldwide, and both contain fundamentalist groups that have radicalized their religion’s beliefs.
Jesus told us; “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another.” (John 13:34, NKJV) Certainly he was speaking to his followers, and some have interpreted this as “we should love our fellow Christians.” While this interpretation seems true, is it what Jesus said? Did He say to only love His followers? Did He say it was alright to hate those of other religious beliefs? We think not.
In America there is much anger surrounding the influx, and growth in numbers, of Muslims. This is partially due to the events of 9/11, but also because Muslims refuse to conform to our Christian society and insist on spreading their religion. Our government, led by the most anti-religion president in U.S. history, and our society, being oppressed by political correctness, see anyone who objects to this change in America as religious fanatics who oppose religious freedom.
Let’s face it, the Muslim mission is the same as ours ~ to spread the teachings of their religion, and obtain as many converts as possible, in order to please God and help others to understand the importance of believing in God, worshiping Him, and securing our position with Him in eternity.
President Obama has declared that we are not a Christian society. Do you think that’s true? A quick examination would seem to indicate he is correct. We allow abortions, gay marriage, removal of Christian teachings from our schools, removal of Christian symbols from our society, prohibit Christians from holding worship services in empty school buildings on Sunday, etc. Are we doing anything to stop this elimination of God from our society?
In July 2011, ABC News reported that 83 percent of Americans identified themselves as Christians. http://abcnews.go.com/sections/us/DailyNews/beliefnet_poll_010718.html If this is an accurate number, why do the majority of our nation allow the minority to dictate what is acceptable in our society?
When America was founded, one of the guiding principles was understood to be that we have a God given right to worship according to our conscience. This is no less true today. America has long sent missionaries around the world to spread the gospel. We here at home should be doing the same thing within our borders. We should welcome those of other faiths into our midst, become witnesses of the truth of God, and tell of our life-changing experience when we made Jesus our Lord and Savior.
Recently we heard a discussion regarding the Chinese government commissioned study of American society to determine what makes us so successful. Their determination was that it is Christianity that led our culture to rise to the pinnacle of world power.
We must practice the love that Jesus commanded with our fellow Americans. How can we display our love, and at the same time allow the destruction of our society from within. We must get involved in governing our nation, reversing the dangerous trend of eliminating God from our culture, and returning America to its once great position of the shining city on a hill. We urge you to get informed, and get involved in governing our nation. As Christian Soldiers we must continue to march and spread the gospel.