I saw the following tweet today (I’m hiding the Twitter handle of the person who posted it because I don’t wish to attack her, as despite what she said, I harbor no ill will toward her):
I wanted to address this tweet, rather than just ignore it, for two reasons:
- That us Christians who want Jahar to be saved continue faithfully on in that mission whenever we encounter such hatred and opposition
- That non-Christians who stumble upon this blog can hopefully understand our point of view, even though they understandably don’t agree with it
Before I get any further, I must make a disclaimer: I don’t hate Muslims; rather I hate how Muslims are treated by many people. In addition, Jahar has the right to believe whatever he wants to believe.
That being said, I have a huge problem with this tweet because it is filled with a lack of understanding about what we believe as Christians. As Christians, we believe that Jesus Christ and His substitutionary death on the cross are the ONLY way to be saved and to avoid an eternity in hell.
Thus, if I believe that, what should my response be to people who don’t believe in Jesus as their Savior? Should I just sit back and say nothing because I might offend somebody or sound disrespectful if I do? By no means! That is the real disrespectful thing to do. That is the most unloving thing I could possibly do.
Because Jahar does not believe in Jesus as anything more than a prophet, as a Christian, I believe he is on his way to hell if nothing changes.
Imagine if I saw a burning building and saw that there was a person inside of it that I could help either by calling 911 or by going in myself and rescuing that person. What if I just walked by and pretended that I didn’t see any of that? Wouldn’t that make me a wicked, heartless person?
That’s how I see this situation. If I were to just accept that Jahar is a Muslim while believing that faith in Christ is the only way to escape hell, trying not to lead Jahar to Christ would be like saying to him, “I hate you.”
Because I love Jahar, I can’t help but do absolutely everything I possibly can to lead him to Jesus so that he can have eternal life, no matter how many F bombs get thrown at me for doing that.
I’d like to conclude with a video that drives the point of this post home. It’s an atheist talking about exactly what I just wrote about. If you’re a Christian, watch it because it’s convicting and it encourages us to keep fighting to win the souls of the lost. If you’re not a Christian, watch it because he understands and explains my Christian perspective better almost than I even do.
EDIT (5/3/14): The video that was previously embedded here has been removed from YouTube due to copyright infringement, so I’ve embedded a different video of another atheist talking about how Christians should evangelize.