Thursday, December 10, 2015

Dear Christian: Why Do You Fear Muslims?

"The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?" Psalm 27:1

"But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;" Matthew 5:44
"But love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest: for he is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil." Luke 6:35

I think many Christians have lost the plot. I've seen posts from people who have been faithful believers for decades, who have seemingly forgotten a few things:

1. Fear of other humans has no place in the Christian life. Isaiah 35:4, 41:10; Psalm 56:4; Proverbs 29:25; Matthew 10:29; Romans 8:15; Hebrews 13:6

2. We are to "fear" God (i.e., respect). Too many verses to cite; just take a look at "fear" in any concordance.

3. "Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord: And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment. And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these." Mark 12:29-31

There are no conditions. Jesus did not say "Love thy neighbor unless he is Muslim," "Love thy neighbor unless you're afraid of him."

4. Quite the contrary. See the above commandment from our Lord in Matthew 5:44. Could it be any clearer?

Our Lord conquered death. We participate in His resurrection, and are guaranteed a place in heaven for eternity. So what if a Muslim terrorist kills us?

We are commanded to love our enemies. We are commanded to show unconditional kindness, to reflect His generous love. What room is there in these commandments to refuse to help refugees? What room is there to fear them?

My dear brothers and sisters, if you fear death enough to refuse to help those in need ... you have missed the point.

Search the Scriptures. Read what Jesus said. And don't let anyone pull you away from the simple truth of our faith: God is love.