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6.13.2007    |    64 percent
This is the percentage of Muslims who believe that America's goal is to spread Christianity in the Middle East. This datum is cited in a recently-released survey from the University of Maryland Program on International Policy Attitudes.

The survey includes several other points about the attitudes of Muslims towards America, including the chilling 27 percent who apparently approve of terrorist attacks on civilians. At 1.4 billion Muslims, that's a neat quarter of a billion who have no moral compass when it comes to us infidels.

As for the 64 percent, would that this were true, that America were, somehow, spreading Christianity in the Middle East. Now, as a conservative American, I know that it would be wrong for our government to evangelize. As a Baptist, I'm especially sensitive to having freedom of conscience in matters of faith, and having no established church.

On the other hand, many of our problems with the Middle East would disappear if the jihadis accepted the peace of knowing Jesus Christ. There would still be problems of poverty and under-development. These would become things that, finally, could be addressed if people would simply accept Jesus as Lord and Savior -- and stopped blaming everyone else for their own problems.

Some might argue that Arabs are too tribal to be Christians, too hung up on group identity at the expense of their faith. Perhaps, but also perhaps a sufficiency of Christianized Arabs would read Galatians 3 and take it to heart:
26For in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God, through faith. 27For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. 28There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.
You are all one in Christ Jesus. It is really that simple.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is a tiny comment box!

Islam being tribal is a hindrance? It is natural for a 21st Centruy Baptist to think so. That in both the ancient as well as thoday's third world tribes and peoples came (come) to faith is simply not on your radar screen.

Russia and its conversion to Chrsitianity in 988 (or 998) is a good example.

I am a former Baptist Catholic, who beleive s Jesus' Mother will play a role in converting the Muslims . If it happens it will en Masse, as it was in Mexico from 1531-1528 when some 8 milllion Mexicans were baptized. They stood in line for days sometimes to receive the Sacrament. Why? Because of Our Lady of Guadalupe.

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9:07 AM, June 18, 2007  

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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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