Jesus, Justice, and Muslims

  S (Scripture): Matthew 12:14 But the Pharisees went out and plotted against [Jesus], as to how they could assassinate him.  15Now when Jesus learned of this, he went away from there. Great crowds followed him, and he healed them all. 16 But he sternly warned them not to make him known. 17 This fulfilled what was spoken by Isaiah the prophet:

18 “Here is my servant whom I have chosen, the one I love, in whom I take great delight.

I will put my Spirit on him, and he will proclaim justice to the nations.

19 He will not quarrel or cry out, nor will anyone hear his voice in the streets.

20 He will not break a bruised reed or extinguish a smoldering wick, until he brings justice to victory.

21 And in his name the Gentiles will hope.”

O (Observation):  Jesus is feeling more pressure now.  The Pharisees (the religious rule-makers) are plotting to corner Jesus and kill him (theologically and physically).   They are becoming violent as Jesus starts to mess with their identity as God’s people.  

And to double-down, the author of Matthew connects Isaiah’s prophecy to Jesus.  Jesus is the one to bring hope to all nations. 

Over the centuries, the Pharisees seemed most concerned with establishing their identity as God’s people TO THE EXCLUSION of all other people and nations.  This went on for so long that God’s people forgot their purpose: to be a light to the nations.  

Jesus brought back to center God’s purpose for God’s people: to proclaim that God brings hope and justice for ALL people. 

A (Application):  We (church people) can have a tendency to feel so strongly about our theology and self-righteousness, we can often be blinded to the need for justice and hope for the world.   We are not the hope, but we bear the word of hope and can take steps toward justice…just like acknowledging that we are not the Good News, but we bring that Good News to others through word and deed.  

Yesterday I spoke with the imam of the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro (ICM), Sheikh Ossama Bahloul.   He and I have become friends and I wish him well in his new endeavors into academia, away from his role as imam (pastor) to the ICM.  He leaves this position on good terms with his people of faith and wishes to continue his journey towards hope and justice for all people. 

My hope for peace and justice extends to the Muslim community here in Murfreesboro.  Why?  Because Muslims are people, too : )

It’s that simple.  

I’ve been “warned” so many times to be careful…that I’m being misled by them…that their agenda is to infiltrate our communities and “take over.”   I cannot disagree more with this mindset. 

I think people are afraid of losing the illusion of a “Christian nation.”  That we are somehow weakened by not being in control.  If we take a look at what Jesus does, he is not concerned with control.  He focuses on hope and justice, instead.  

I’m not wanting people to change religions.  I just want people to engage in healthy open dialogue, so we can get to know one another more.   Osama wants the same thing.    The Pharisees saw their role as securing their identity as God’s people to the exclusion of all others.  Jesus has a different way.  I want the Jesus way.  

P (Prayer): Lord, please take off our blinders and open our hearts and minds that we might be bearers of your hope and justice. Amen. 

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4 thoughts on “Jesus, Justice, and Muslims

  1. Spot on. Thanks for sharing this today. Enjoyed this especially, “I think people are afraid of losing the illusion of a “Christian nation.” That we are somehow weakened by not being in control. If we take a look at what Jesus does, he is not concerned with control. He focuses on hope and justice, instead.”

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  2. Could not agree more. I enjoyed meeting the Imam and too wish him great joy in the next stage of life. Hopefully we can develop a good relationship with his successor.

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  3. If you truly wish to have your blinders removed, then you need to study Muhammad and Islam a LOT more. To a *devout* Muslim, you (and every non-Muslim on the face of the Earth) are a “kafir” (basically, “non-Muslim.”) If you are submissive to Islam, you are then termed a “Dhimmi.” If you are female, you are only worth half a man, and will most likely (around 90%) undergo FGM (except in America, where the percentage is lower.) (Google it.) If you are an apostate, you are condemned to death, which is the fate of all Kafirs that do not become Dhimmi. If you are LGBTQ, you will most likely end up dead. (This is pretty much a 100% certainty in Islamic States.)

    If you are a devout Muslim, you are commanded to practice jihad and taqiyya against the kafir until there are none left on the planet that do not proclaim “there is no god but Allah, and Muhammad is his prophet.” Anything that is not in the Qur’an is not worth knowing, and is to be destroyed. If anything is of a culture that is not Islamic / Muslim, it is to be destroyed (hence the destruction of the archaeological sites in Syria and elsewhere, and the pagan and Christian temples, churches, and cathedrals that have been taken over and converted to Muslim sites, such as the Kaaba and the Sophia Hagia and the Dome of the Rock, to name a few.)

    Indeed, befriending a Muslim is possible only in one direction: you may proclaim a Muslim to be a friend, but a devout Muslim may *never* proclaim a kafir or a Dhimmi as a friend–it is strictly forbidden. Loving your neighbor and loving your enemy are *truly* put to the test when it comes to Islam. If you read this message and think that it is in condemnation of Islam, then you misunderstand: it is not to condemn, but to raise awareness. I’ve only touched on *half* of what Islam represents in this message. The other half can be found elsewhere, and is far less palatable to civilized readers.

    The first thing you need to ask an Imam (or his followers) is this: “Do you believe Muhammad to be the perfect example that all men are to follow?” The hard-line, core response of a devout Muslim to this question is always “yes,” even though they may sense the follow-up questions to come, and may try to side-step their answer by using Taqiyya.

    Yes, by all means, pray for the blinders of ignorance (blinders keep horses ignorant of what is right beside them) to be removed! Once a person realizes the true purpose of Islam in the fabric of global (and apocalyptic) politics, then that understanding may better lead to the peace that passes all human understanding.

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    • Sorry. Not buying it. I don’t wear these blinders. I see brothers and sisters, not Jews, atheists, Muslims, Christians. My blinders have already been removed.

      That doesn’t mean I compromise my beliefs as a Christian…I simply love my neighbor. Can’t help it. It’s a Jesus thing.

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