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7.13.2005    |    Muslims in the news
Reading today's Washington Post, I was struck by how much of the news and commentary(other than what Karl Rove may or may not have thought) has to do with Arabs and Muslims. We have the following samples:It's a grim picture: Muslims killing children and other innocents; Muslims killing Muslims with darker skins in Darfur; Muslims living in a Western nation without truly joining in the commonweal.

There are two explanations. The politically correct, and guilty white liberal perspective, is that we in the West just don't understand these Arabs and Muslims. We ourselves must have caused this hatred by something we did, or did not do. Alternately, this heinous behavior must be caused by, take your pick, poverty, lack of economic opportunity, lack of health care, etc. etc.

The more likely explanation, and the obvious one, is that at least some fraction of the Muslim world is, simply, at war with the West. Every culture, every religion, has evildoers. We in the West know who and what our demons are, and we do an admirable job of controlling them. Not completely; just rather well in contrast with the past. And most certainly in contrast with the lack of control the Muslim world exerts on its demons.

1 Comments:

Blogger John said...

JL, I think you have hit the nail on the head with this excellent post!

GBYAY

5:37 PM, July 13, 2005  

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Welcome. My name is John Luke Rich, (very) struggling Christian. The focus here is Christianity in its many varieties, its fussing and feuding, how it impacts our lives and our society, with detours to consider it with other faiths (or lack thereof).

Call this blog my way of evangelizing on the internet.

Putting it differently, we're only here on this earth a short time. It's the rest of eternity that we should be most concerned about. Call it the care and feeding of our souls.

I was born Jewish, and born again in Christ Jesus over thirty years ago. First as a Roman Catholic; now a Calvinist by persuasion and a Baptist by denomination. But I'm hardly a poster boy for doctrinal rigidity.

I believe that Scripture is the rock on which all Christian churches must stand -- or sink if they are not so grounded. I believe that we are saved by faith, but hardly in a vacuum. That faith is a gift from God, through no agency on our part -- although we sometimes turn a deaf ear and choose to ignore God's knocking on the door.

To be Christian is to evangelize. Those who think it not their part to evangelize perhaps haven't truly understood what our Lord told us in Matthew 28. We must preach the Gospel as best we are able. Using words if necessary.

Though my faith waxes and wanes, it never seems to go away. Sometimes I wish it would, to give me some peace of mind. But then, Jesus never said that walking with Him was going to be easy...

Final note: I also blog as Jack Rich on cultural, political and other things over at Wrong Side of the Tracks

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