Monday, October 03, 2005

Ministry to Arabs

I'll only say that my church has been asked this year to undertake a ministry to Arabs. It is a significant ministry with global impact. What I want to leave you with is this thought from the one who asked us to take up this ministry: If Arabs had been shown the truth of the gospel and the love of Christ instead of the debauchery of our pop culture, would they have flown planes into our buildings? For those of you who are Christian, know that there are sleeper cells of Arabs who may live in your neighborhood. If they could see Christ in you, would they not be motivated to put away their bombs and plans for your destruction?

You see, they see our TV and our government and they conclude that this represents Christianity. They don't realize that we have a pluralistic society here. Even some Americans have never known true Christians and know only the cartoonish concept of Christianity that Hollywood and the liberal news media portray. If you consider yourself a Christian, consider the way in which you represent the One who bore the penalty for your sins through His own death.

Know that you have a hope to give those who have no hope. Explicit in Islam is that one can have no knowledge that he has earned his eternal reward. There's no hope in it. Fortunately, we have the opportunity to demonstrate the sacrificial love that Christ has for us. Take that opportunity and God will bless your efforts by sending His Holy Spirit to work in the hearts of those who would be your enemies.

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