Thursday, September 24, 2009
Thought for the Day: How Far is Too Far?
Recently, Muslims ended the month of Ramadan, a month devoted to fasting and prayer in order to purify themselves through restraint and good deeds. So why is this significant? Attention has been drawn recently to certain a prominent Christian emergent leader, Brian McLaren, who announced that he was also fasting during Ramadan in order to "come close to our Muslim neighbors and to share this important part of life with them." Other Christian leaders such as Albert Mohler disagree with him, saying that "The logic of Islam is obedience and submission. It's by following these practices that a Muslim demonstrates his obedience to the rule of the law through the Quran. For a Christian to do the same automatically implies a submission to the same rule."
To most of us, it probably seems obvious that this was a bad idea. But it was successful in a way: the Muslims that McLaren spent time with felt that "Here is a pastor who wants to understand us, who does not want to convert us, and who is even prepared to walk with us, to fast with us. That is a big gesture." He was able to connect with them in a way that showed respect. So what should we take from this? What do you think Christians should do to show Jesus' love to those around us, including Muslims?
"Christians Observing Ramadan" by Motte Brown