Donald Trump is a rock star on today’s political scene and his recent comments suggesting a ban on all Muslims entering the U.S. has had broad appeal with many. I find his words chilling because I believe that within them are the seeds of persecution that will come to haunt the Christian church in the years to come. Russell Moore, president of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention has spoken what I believe are some wise words on this issue. Read his comments HERE.
We live in a time of fear, and when we make decisions based on fear the terrorists have won. When fear dominates our God becomes small and our enemies become great. When fear overwhelms our faith, we cease to be the salt and light Christ has called us to be. Is Islam so great and Christ so small and powerless that we are running around filled with fear rather than faith?
This is not a situation that Jesus and his disciples were unacquainted with–their time was equally violent, if not more so. The Roman government was well acquainted with cruelty and terror. They would come to cheer as lions ate Christians in the arena, they would paint the message of their power by dipping people in tar, impaling them, and lighting them on fire. And yet Jesus spoke some very simple words.
“Seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” Matthew 6:33
If you would like to talk about this further, give me a shout and I’d be happy to visit. The blog doesn’t allow for comments because I don’t find that social media is a great way to have a thoughtful two-way conversation.
Yours in Christ,