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Fifty-year calling

"Fifty-year calling" Continued...

Issue: "Rejecting religious liberty," June 15, 2013

I won’t, but how does a “no mosque” policy go with the First Amendment? During the threat from Nazi Germany and Japan during World War II, we didn’t allow German or Japanese schools to teach their view of the world in our country. Now we are inviting people who want to destroy us to come here and build their mosques all over the country, like Starbucks. They’re getting money from the Wahhabi sect of Saudi Arabia, and their textbooks, schooling, and instruction primarily from Saudi Arabia (our supposed ally that wouldn’t be if we didn’t need their oil). It’s totally crazy. If we think we’re going to Westernize them, we are ignorant of the Quran.

Is the Islamist threat now like the Communist threat was a generation or two ago? It’s greater, because the Communists were atheists. They believed that this life is all there is and wanted to live, for the most part. But radical Islamists believe if they kill you they’ll go right to heaven. It’s difficult to negotiate with somebody who believes their god wants you dead. One of the great problems with Western thinking: We think everybody can be made like us if we just give them what they want. 

In a culture like ours, how should Christians proclaim beliefs and principles without being obnoxious? The greatest evangelistic tools Jesus of Nazareth gave us were the ones I see least practiced in our culture. Love your enemies: When you start loving your enemies the way God does, they cease being your enemies—and the greater work is done in you. Pray for those who persecute you. Jesus said in the world you will have tribulation and “if they persecuted Me they’ll persecute you.” So don’t take it personally: They’re really persecuting Him in you. 

What kinds of idols do we tend to worship? We’re always on big stuff, full stadiums, books, being on TV, all this other business. Jesus is into the small things: mustard seed, widow’s mite, last place at the table, when I am weak then I am strong, humble yourself and He will exalt you, those who wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength.

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Marvin is editor in chief of WORLD News Group and the author of more than 20 books, including The Tragedy of American Compassion. Follow Marvin on Twitter @MarvinOlasky.

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