This morning, I read a study from 2012 which concluded that, from the year 2000 to the year 2010, the census found that the number of Muslims living inside the United States increased by about 1 million to 2.6 million – an increase of 66.7 percent.
The following are some of the growth rates for major religious organizations or faiths, from the year 2000 to the year 2010:
–Evangelical Protestants: +1.7%
Mainline Protestants: -12.8% (Mainline Christian tend to incorporate their beliefs with other beliefs and faiths. They define a Christian as anyone who follows the teachings of and about Jesus Christ. They emphasize good works)
The Lord answered my prayer.
The Holy Spirit revealed several scriptures which gave me understanding.
“For the name of God is shamed among the Gentiles because of you, as it is said in the holy Writings.”- Romans 2:24 (BBE)
When we profess to the world that we are Christians, the first decision that an unbeliever makes is not about God. It is about the one professing to an ambassador of God.
This is logical, for God said that we are indeed to be the ‘light of the world”, ambassadors of Christ. That means we are the only tangible evidence, to the natural mind, that God is real.
Yet, when the unbeliever watches us, what exactly are they seeing? I am convinced that the number reason that Islam is growing 60 times faster than the body of Christ is because of the fact to many Christians are turning unbelievers against Jesus Christ.
“By this shall all men know that you are my disciples, if you have love one to another.”- John 13:35
If unbelievers were to go by Facebook, for example, and the way many professing Christian (Conservatives) talk to each other, publicly, when in disagreement, we would see the problem.
Right on social media, they see us gossip about each other, publicly attack each other on a personal level, do our best to malign and demean each other over political relationships, and literally treat each other with hatred. Hence, it is easy to understand why they would not feel particularly attracted to the God we say we represent.
How quick we are to run to publicize what we think is a fault of another or to spread some rumor someone has to come to us with about someone. How swift our feet tend to be in running towards mischief and drama rather than seeking to be peacemakers.
How haste we are to believe the worst about others, without any legitimate investigation, which should always include a loving discussion with anyone we are in doubt about when we are faced with such a situation.
“Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good. Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another.”- Romans 12:9,10
When Jesus says our love for one another is the first indicator that we belong to him, he was not talking about whether we like each other. He was not talking about whether we agree on political issues. He was not even referring we have emotional bonds.
He was referring to our choices and our attitudes. Love is a choice.
That choice should be without hypocrisy. That means we should seek each other’s highest good and best interest, whether on or off of facebook pages. Whether in agreement or disagreement about any particular matter. We should be willing to forgive one another generously and show grace towards each other, in public and private.
We should not always feel as though we have to compete for first place or have to “be right”, no matter the cost to our fellowship with each other.
This sincerity in how we choose to relate to each and deal with each other, compelled by love for God and one another, is what gives our claim to being Christians credibility.
“The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he that wins souls is wise.”- Proverbs 11:30
Too often we are absolutely committed to sharing political messages and venting about our worldly concerns, while never pausing to witness the gospel of Christ to anyone.
When we can look in the mirror and say we, as an ambassador of Christ, have focused more on fighting for our unalienable (God given) rights than we have on actually leading lost souls to the God who gave us those rights, we have lost our way. Our priorities are truly misplaced, as are our values.
Do you begin to see the revelation?
Islam is a false doctrine. Those who embrace it are blinded by the god of this world (II Cor. 4:4)
However, the powers of darkness advances, its agenda increasingly successful, because we, as Christians, are not committed to God’s agenda and to loving one another, as much as we are our own agendas. Our love for political ideologies and personalities too often exceed our love for each other as fellow believers.
Don’t you know that unbelievers are watching all of this?
Every time we post on Facebook, each time we are having a conversation about others, in private or in public, every occasion that we find ourselves in disagreement with someone about something or maybe someone has done something to hurt us or anger us………..we need to yet be mindful of who we are as Christians, who we represent and the impact we can have for the kingdom of God.
We will either draw others closer to God or push the away, by the little things we do, particularly in how we treat each other as Christians.
There is yet one final matter:
“Whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them.” — Matthew 7:12
Another Word from the Lord:
“Love your enemies.” — Matthew 5:44, Luke 6:27
It may be a difficult concept, particularly to one who struggles to even unconditionally love fellow Christians. However, we are commanded to treat unbelievers and even our enemies, with the love of God.
That does not mean we are to politically correct, go along with anything that violates our conscience, or “stand down” when we know we are being attacked by the vicious agendas of our enemies.
It does mean we have to remember that we are not fighting against “flesh and blood”, but against “but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” (Ephesians 6:12)
We are not hate the sinner, but to hate the sin. We are not to try to personally attack he one whose ideas we reject, but instead we are to expose any anti Christ idea and/or agenda which we encounter, with truth and grace.
Jesus never ridiculed or mocked or slandered those who eventually murdered him. He simply told them the truth. In telling them the truth, he also shared the love of God with that, whereas they could never say he failed to offer them the solution after criticizing them.
That is our example. That must be our standard for it is God’s expectation of us.
Do Muslims and unbelievers, in general, tend to practice this standard? Of course not. However, when our minds are blinded by the god of this world, we are easily led to believe otherwise.
Most important, we are not to be “conformed to this world” (Romans 12:2). That means it does not matter what they are like or how they conduct themselves, as it relates to the expectations God has of His sons and daughters.
The Word of God has given us understanding of why Islam is outgrowing the Christian faith and what we can do to change this tragic reality.
Love to one another and love towards even our enemies.