Our Attitude Towards Muslims Is Important Gen. 17:18 Middle Eastern Proverbs: Even a hungry wolf will not bite its neighbor If you don't have a mirror, look at your neighbor. A good neighbor is better than far away relatives. Don't take a house, take yourself a neighbor. A. What is your reaction when you hear the words Islam or Muslim? 1. One of the most important factors in our understanding of Islam is our own attitude towards Muslims. 2. There are many false stereotypes of Muslims and many Christians think of Islam as a threat and of Muslims as terrorists. This perception is unhelpful and wrong. a. Stereotypes - In February 1993 a group of Muslim young men put a bomb in a parking garage under the World Trade Center in New York City. - During the same month a group of Christian men and women in Waco, TX confined themselves in a farm house until the FBI burned the house down. - Which group do you identify and associate yourself with the Muslims or the Christians? - When a bomb goes off at the Oklahoma City Federal Building who are the first persons blamed, Muslims or Christians? Why? - How do you think Muslims looks at Americans? Their opinions are shaped by TV soap operas, and Hollywood movies. Which describes you? - A ten year old Middle Eastern girl once asked, "When are the Americans were going to stop killing the Indians?" Every week she saw movies of American Cowboys killing Indians. - Most Muslims are Muslim by birth in a Muslim family and country. Are all Americans Christians because they are born in America? B. Most Muslims are peace loving family people who are very friendly and extremely hospitable. Muslims can be some of the most loyal, warm, and faithful friends you have. An American who once lived in the Middle East said, "I long for friends in America like my Muslim friends." Our own attitude towards Muslims has been one of our greatest hinderance to reaching them with the gospel. C. We live in a day when God is doing wonderful things. The church of Jesus Christ is growing as never before. The walls of Islam are breaking down and Muslims are coming to Christ all over the world. Iran, Bulgaria, CIS, Turkey, etc. D. Remember Muslims are people for whom Christ died. Islam is the world's second largest religion. It is the world's largest unreached religious group. Apart from Christianity, Islam is arguably the world's most influential religion in terms of numbers, growth, power, and evangelistic zeal. 1. Islam is the world's fastest growing religion. One out of every five people in the world is now a Muslim. "For every African who turns to Christ, four turn to Islam." (Yusufu Turaki AEAM 1993) 2. Islam is a great missionary religion. It is the only religion, besides Christianity, that is evangelistic. Muslims claim, worldwide there are over 1 billion Muslims. 3. In 1984, worldwide, all evangelical missions spent only 1 billion 300 million dollars. That same year, Muslims spent 1 billion 300 million dollars for evangelism in just 8 African nations! E. Muslims are our neighbors, as well as far away Arabs, Turks, Uzbeks, and others. Whether we like it or not God has made us missionaries to Muslims. He has brought thousands of Muslims to our door steps. One day we will have to give an account for what we have done with this opportunity.
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