Muslim Mondays? It’s hard to know how to title this new…”series?” I expect it to have a limited audience, but I want to try to help people to not fear and hate Muslims.
Yes, there’s a segment of Islam that leans toward radical (but only a segment) who have bad intentions against us and the “West” (I’m under no illusions, nor am I a mushy-brained fool living in fantasy land), but that’s not all of them. It’s so much more complex, because they are people, just like you and me.
Many Muslims are very unhappy at seeing this increasingly violent side of a religion that even they thought/were taught was a “religion of peace.” Many are frankly looking at other monotheistic religions, some out of curiosity, and some from disillusionment, and there’s a ground-swell of those who are believing in Jesus (Isa) in record numbers, in spite of the very real risk of losing everything, of persecution, and even death!
I don’t plan to do much explaining, because that accomplishes nothing. Instead, meet them through their stories and learn that way. Mohammed’s story is not dramatic, nor intense, but it’s interesting to learn how he grew up and what he’s now doing for others. He’s warm, gentle and loving, and I think that if you are willing to listen to his 44 minutes (most others are shorter) you will gain a new perspective, and it may even challenge you.
As a Jesus Follower I see how important each one of them are to God, for He loves them too, and wants them to be with Him forever, just like every other person. I’m also one of an even smaller (but growing!) number of people who, frankly, love them, and not just because I spent years in the Middle East. May God bless this small endeavor.