Since 9/11 we have heard over and over again that Islam is a “peaceful” religion. The terrorists who hijacked the airplanes were “fundamentalists” who represented only a small minority of the hundreds of millions Muslims around the world. Muslim clerics in America scrambled quickly to distance themselves from the radicals of the Middle East.
In the past few days I have watched in disbelief as Muslims have protested throughout the Middle East, even burning Danish embassies, because of a cartoon. A CARTOON!
A thought came to me. “Could perhaps the Christian influence in America be the only thing that is preventing this kind of display here?” The nations where this rioting is taking place are Islamic nations. They lack the spiritual influence and ethics that America has been blessed with since our birth. Things such as burning an embassy, an American flag or an automobile are commonplace.
I realize that morals are declining in our nation. I realize that the majority of people in our nation are no longer worshippers of God. This saddens and alarms me. Are we losing the only thing that is preventing us from becoming another Syria, Lebanon or Iran?
President Bush has an agenda of democracy in the Middle East. That is a noble endeavor but it will never bring peace to the region. The only peace will be found in the Gospel of Peace.
It is imperative that we spread that gospel here at home. Christians have the only weapon that is truly capable of holding the Muslim onslaught at bay. I am convinced that the best way to preserve America from what we are seeing in the Middle East is to witness to our neighbors, our friends and co-workers, our classmates and particularly “the strangers in our gates”. We need the majority, no, not a moral majority, but a righteous majority. This can only be accomplished through evangelism.
It has been said that the light that shines the longest distance shines the brightest at home. If we are to be effective around the world, let us shine the light of the gospel on our own nation. We have many wonderful missionaries around the world who are laboring diligently and faithfully in God’s Kingdom. The problem I see is that too many American Christians feel that if they support these missionaries financially then they have done their part. Let’s wake up, church! Our nation is being overcome with spiritual darkness.
Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.