Archive for the ‘Making God known’ Category

I previously mentioned the Christian Muslim Forum. One of the interesting articles on their site is “Ethical Guidelines for Christian and Muslim Witness in Britain.” Their goal is to help Christians and Muslims “share their faith with integrity and compassion.” Here are their 10 guidelines:

1. We bear witness to, and proclaim our faith not only through words but through our attitudes, actions and lifestyles.

2. We cannot convert people, only God can do that. In our language and methods we should recognise that people’s choice of faith is primarily a matter between themselves and God.

3. Sharing our faith should never be coercive; this is especially important when working with children, young people and vulnerable adults. Everyone should have the choice to accept or reject the message we proclaim and we will accept people’s choices without resentment.

4. Whilst we might care for people in need or who are facing personal crises, we should never manipulate these situations in order to gain a convert.

5. An invitation to convert should never be linked with financial, material or other inducements. It should be a decision of the heart and mind alone.

6. We will speak of our faith without demeaning or ridiculing the faiths of others.

7. We will speak clearly and honestly about our faith, even when that is uncomfortable or controversial.

8. We will be honest about our motivations for activities and we will inform people when events will include the sharing of faith.

9. Whilst recognising that either community will naturally rejoice with and support those who have chosen to join them, we will be sensitive to the loss that others may feel.

10. Whilst we may feel hurt when someone we know and love chooses to leave our faith, we will respect their decision and will not force them to stay or harass them afterwards.

Can you agree to these guidelines? Are you okay with someone from another religion sharing his faith if he does it in accordance with these guidelines?

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As a freshman clarinetist in the marching band (I was an aspiring jazz saxophonist and wanted to improve my clarinet chops) I saw everyone of Kurt Warner’s games his senior year at the University of Northern Iowa. It was fun watching him over his NFL career and hearing his story retold and retold (he was a former grocery bagger turned NFL MVP/Super Bowl winner).

He retired yesterday from what is probably a Hall of Fame career. Everyone that knew anything about him also knew that he is a Christian. He is not shy about his faith at all. It is part of who he is. The following paragraph from Seth Wickersham at espn.com struck me when I read it:

Thanks for the religion. Some athletes give their life to Jesus Christ as a PR move; some are ripe with hypocrisy; some just say offensive things. Warner always expressed his faith without trivializing it or us.

Kurt Warner lived his life as a follower of Jesus Christ in a way that garnered respect from others. He didn’t trivialize Jesus or people. We can communicate the things we believe most deeply in a way that others thank us. I don’t know Wickersham’s religious views, but this tells me that Kurt Warner is a man of peace. May I be one too.

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What a blessing it was to read how God has changed the lives of “anti-establishment rebels” Jesus Christ. Most people don’t think of bikers or skateboarders and God. Yet, as the New York Times reports, many of them have become followers of Christ. It is a great testimony to the power of God to change lives. It is also a great example of how we can live for God in whatever place God has put us.

Jesus Christ calls his followers to be peacemakers. These guys are doing it.

I was especially encouraged that I learned of this story from Talk Islam, a Muslim blog.

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If Muslims really believe Islam is the truth and they care at all about me they will tell me why I should be a Muslim. That is why I felt loved when I read this post from Suhaib Wahib.

Was MJ a Muslim?

Asalamu alaykum,

Not sure. But I know one thing, my neighbors are not. Perhaps I need to rethink my priorities?

Likewise, if I really believe Jesus Christ is “the way, the truth, and the life” (John 14:6) then out of love for my Muslim neighbors I will tell them.

Why are we so afraid of people of other faiths seeking to convince us of its truth? Why are we so afraid to try and convince other people of the truth of Jesus Christ as he is revealed in the Bible?

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