Please note that this series was first published on December 2, 2014 any recent events mentioned in this series will now be almost a year old.
What does this picture say to you?
Do you even recognize this place of worship?
For those of you who don’t know, this is our National Cathedral, the Washington National Cathedral (Cathedral Church of St. Peter and St. Paul). You know the Episcopal Church (both Protestant and Catholic) where presidents’ (and wives) funerals or memorial services and inauguration prayer services have been held. The place Congress deemed as the National House of Prayer. Oh wait, did I mention it was an Episcopal Church, a Christ-centered church. You know the kind that believe in the Holy Trinity and Jesus Christ.
As many of you already know, on November 14, 2014, the first ever Islamic prayer service took place in this Episcopal house of prayer. With their backs turned to the cross, Muslims bowed down before their god Allah.
The reasoning behind this?
“We want the world to see the Christian community is partnering with us and is supporting our religious freedom in the same way we are calling for religious freedom for all minorities in Muslim countries,” said Rizwan Jaka, a spokesman with the prominent ADAMS mosque in Sterling, Va., one of the co-sponsors of Friday’s service. “Let this be a lesson to the world.”-
“This is a dramatic moment in the world and in Muslim-Christian relations,” Rasool said in a prepared statement. “This needs to be a world in which all are free to believe and practice and in which we avoid bigotry, Islamaphobia, racism, anti-Semitism, and anti-Christianity and to embrace our humanity and to embrace faith.”-Washington Post
Yes, to some this seems like a great idea. Muslims and Christian finally coming together. What a great example of Christ’s love! After all, this is what Jesus was all about-loving thy neighbor.
To others like me, I feel like I’m watching a movie on the end of times. Yes, I realize that statement is going to lump me in with the “crazies” or “Jesus Freaks.” But guess what? I don’t care. The fact that this event went largely unnoticed by America let alone the Christian community both shocks and saddens me.
But of course, it did not go unnoticed by all. There was one woman who stood up.
Of course, the media has turned her into a “crazy” women, and I don’t know, maybe she is not the best representative of Christianity, but I didn’t see anyone else doing it.
Billy Graham son, Rev. Franklin Graham said this:
The idea of tolerance has gone to the extreme here. Not only are we suppose to be accepting of other religions, we have to invite them into our church?
I don’t think so.
Furthermore, is anyone (who has read the OT) getting a sense of Deja Vu? I mean, didn’t we see this before with the Israelites? How well did they fair?
In this next series, titled While We Were Sleeping, I would like to examine this issue in-depth. [The “We” in the title refers to Christians as I feel that we have essentially, as a whole, gone to sleep and refused to see the consequences of our inaction.] We will first take a close look at Islamic beliefs, customs, and history because most Americans don’t even know what Islam is all about. Once we have a firm understanding we will get into the reasons why I believe such an event goes against the Bible . Thirdly, we will take a look at the similarities of Israel and the United States, and take a sneak peek into revelation to see how all of this is going to play out. Fourthly, we will hit on what we as Christian should be doing to stand up for our beliefs and how to fight this “tolerance” movement. Of course, there will be surprises along the way as I rely on Holy Spirit to guide us through this series.
I hope you’ll join me tomorrow as we take a closer look at the religion of Islam.