Tuesday, September 22, 2009

A Call for Concern

The email message below was sent to every member of my Sunday School class by another member. Such messages as this are reasons I am no longer attending regularly. The Islamic Day of Prayer (Muslims to Pray for 'Soul of America' at U.S. Capitol Event - washingtonpost.com Shared via AddThis)has become a target for right wing Christians and a way to attack the President.

The message first speaks of Convergence and subtly attacks President Obama. The statement that he was silent on the National Day of Prayer is false. President Obama issued a national proclamation for the Day of Prayer. The Justice Department has defended the National Day of Prayer in a lawsuit brought by an atheist in Ohio. What President Obama did not do was hold a prayer breakfast and make the day a political spectacle like his predecessor, George Bush. Somehow, this makes him less a Christian.

The email then goes on to emphasize President Obama's statements in reference to Islam. The message neglects to mention that President Bush made the same kind of statements. Both Presidents were attempting to distinguish radical Islam from moderate Islam and to acknowledge the presence of Muslims as citizens of the United States. President Obama statements were not made because he is a secret Muslim; what I take the implication to be. The other implication is that that Islam is somehow aligned with evil (dark powers). I believe I worship the same God as Muslims although they call him Allah. A Christian should never engage in such rhetoric which could incite some deluded souls to violence against Muslims.

Christians have our own history of violent excesses that I believe as a whole we have moved beyond. Now violence only exists on the fringes in such areas as the antiabortion movement. Lou Engle, who is the author of some of this email, is part of the antiabortion movement. I believe that he sees threats of violence and evil in Islam because he has seen the same in the radicals of the antiabortion movement. He knows what extreme views and rhetoric can produce.

This message plays into the fears of Christians and calls attention to the Muslim Day of Prayer in Washington, D.C. Somehow this gathering is seen as a threat because the Muslims would pray that the White House become a Muslim house. I see no difference in that and the call to prayer at the end of this message asking that Christianity be supreme. People of faith want their religion to be victorious and all to see the light that they believe is their own.

I am no different. I am a Christian and believe that Christ is the truest revelation of God. But, I believe that God reveals himself in all religions and that there are many paths to the truth. When Jesus says that all come to God through Him, I believe that is true. Jesus is God in action, the God we can meet. However, that does not mean we have to believe as a Christian. Jesus simply imparts a truth: He is the part of God that ushers us into eternity whether we are Christian, Jew, Muslim, Buddhist, Hindu or other.

The email uses the controversy over a 17 year old runaway to slam Islam again. The story of Rifqa Bary is not as stated in this message. She may well be a young woman incited to run away from home by Christian zealots who hate and fear Islam. Up to now, there is no evidence that her allegations are true or that she is in any danger. Yet, this email says she is a sign that Muslims in America will be converted to Christianity.

The section titled "Here is The Call" reveals the true nature of this email message: the desire to convert all Muslims to Christianity and the belief that the spiritual powers behind Islam must be restrained by God. This call to prayer is a call for Christian supremacy. The implication that Muslims are not to be respected because their faith is guided by dark powers. There is only a short step to believing that Muslims are evil. To me, the underlying message is akin to antisemitism and just as bad.

We should pray. Christians have a model prayer that Christ gave us. There is nothing in that prayer that puts us above others. Instead, we ask deliverance from evil and forgiveness for our failings. I will pray on September 25th for God to forgive me for failing to love as God does.

The last off this pernicious email is a calendar of events supplied by Lisa Crump with the National Day of Prayer, a private organization. Among other things, it betrays a pro-Israel bias. President Obama is referred to as Mr. O, surely an attempt to belittle him. Finally, the calendar states that the Chinese flag will fly over the White House. This is simply not true. The Chinese are planning to fly their flag nearby, but not at the White House. This is another attack aimed at President Obama.

God does not bend to our will. God has his own agenda. Our duty as Christians is to seek his will, not our own. My only fear is that gullible Christians will be swept up in this fear driven and hate filled movement against Muslims and President Obama. Even then, though, I trust God. He is not bound by time or our petty disputes. His will be done on earth as it is in heaven.

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Subject: A Call for Concern
Plan to join this urgently called National Prayer Conference Call on Thursday 9/24 regarding the subjects below
7:30-9 pm EASTERN
6:30-8 pm CENTRAL
5:30 -7 pm MOUNTAIN
4:30-6 pm PACIFIC
712-432-0233 Pass Code 637# (NDP)
Please forward as you are led and able. If you are called to fast with this urgent time of intercession, ask the Lord about these 3 days: Sept 24th, 25th and 26th.
Urgent Call to Prayer: Signs of the Times


It is critical that the church in America understands the times and what needs to be done now. The natural things speak of the invisible. Natural happenings on the earth are revealing something that is going on in the spiritual realm. There is a great spiritual conflict with a rising tide of Islamic boldness being manifested. Several happenings are converging this week. First of all, our President has recently proclaimed, honored, encouraged the Muslim holy days of prayer and fasting called Ramadan. He was very silent on the National Day of Prayer but very vocal on the support of Ramadan. Interestingly at the same time a major Christian leader of the Emergent Church called for forty days of fasting and prayer in the same Ramadan period with the goal that the church will better understand our Muslim friends. We are all for understanding but we must have spiritual discernment as to the spiritual dark powers that are being invoked into our nation.

Cause for Concern

At the same time, on the 25th of September, Muslims are calling for a Muslim Day of Prayer in Washington DC (
http://www.islamoncapitolhill.com/). They are calling for 50,000 Muslims to gather and pray on the DC Mall. This is the exact word of one of the Sheikhs who is leading this historic gathering, “Muslims should march on the White House. We are going to the White House so that Islam will be victorious, Allah willing, and the White House will become into a Muslim house.” These are not empty words. They speak of a dark spiritual intent and a coming day of great trouble to America.

A Divine Moment

Now one of these events is enough to awaken us to this significant throbbing moment, but when they all converge it becomes a massive spiritual alarm that must be responded to by the praying Church. However, I believe in this moment of divine providence God has raised up on the stage of history a little “Esther” that if we pray and fast for her she could be a major voice to expose the dark under-belly of Islam and radiate a bright hope for a day of salvation for Muslims in America.


On Monday, Rifqa Bary, a young 17-year-old woman, will be in the headlines of US news. Four years ago, while living in a very devout and radical Muslim home, Rifqa met Jesus in a powerful way as her savior. She hid her conversion, began praying secretly, and began hiding her bible from her parents. Then, on Facebook, her love for Jesus was exposed to the radical Muslim community in Ohio. Rifqa’s father demanded that she renounce Jesus or he would kill her as is commanded by the Koran. As a radiant believer in Jesus she refused to renounce her Lord and fled to Orlando where she was taken in and cared for by a Christian Church and family. Now, the father is appealing to the courts to bring her back under his custody. Major television networks have already covered her story. How must the Church of America respond in this moment for our sister who is a part of the Body of Christ?

A Major Sign

This convergence, I believe, is urgently summoning us in the midst of the rising tide of Islamic influence in America to recognize that our God is above every god and that if we return to Him with all of our hearts and call upon Him with fasting and prayer then God could use what the enemy meant for evil to bring about a great day of salvation for Muslims in America, of which Rifqa is but a major sign.

Here is The Call

First of all, we cannot be passive as a Church to let these kinds of developments go on without being challenged in the spirit. Our fight is not against Muslims, it is against principal intities, powers, and forces of darkness. We are calling the Church of America at the end of Ramadan, from September 21st through 25th, to five days of concerted prayer. On Monday, we must pray that God would grant supernatural wisdom to the courts so that the testimony of Jesus would be proclaimed and that the best situation for Rifqa and her family would take place. We must pray for Rifqa to be bold in proclaiming Jesus that even thousands of Muslims would hear and be awakened to the love of Christ. She has already said that this is not about her but about many Muslims coming to Jesus. We must pray for her lawyers who are being bullied, threatened, and challenged on every side.
On Friday, September 25th, the Muslim Day of Prayer, we are calling the Church of America to fast and pray that Muslims would be moved by the Holy Spirit, convicted by the testimony of Christ, and even be visited by Jesus in dreams. We must pray that God would restrain the spiritual powers behind Islam and grant us the great awakening that we desperately need for America. (Just look at the Dome on the Rock in Jerusalem - once was "ours", now "theirs".)

Let us hear the call to prayer and not miss this moment,

Lou Engle
The Call
  • 9-1-09 - The US began its turn in holding the rotating presidency of the 15-member UN Security Council. The role of president involves setting the agenda, presiding at its meetings and overseeing any crisis.
  • 9-14-09 - The new assembly of the United Nations opened with the new president of the General Assembly - the ambassador from Libya.
  • At an unknown-to-me-at-this-time date - Obama will address the UN General Assembly followed by the Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi. He will also host a luncheon for visiting sub-Saharan African heads of state, another one for the dozen top UN peacekeeper-contributing nations, as well as host the traditional US evening reception for world leaders.
  • 9-18-09 - The Jewish New Year begins (5770)
  • 9-23-09 - See You At The Pole prayer rally on high school campuses.
  • 9-22 or 23-09 - Obama has called a meeting of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in New York. This meeting will require Netanyahu, defense minister Ehud Barak and foreign minister Lieberman to be absent from Israel over the New Year Festival - an obvious snub of this major Jewish celebration. It is expected that yet more pressure will be placed on Israel to give up land in that tiny country for "peace" to people who have vowed not to accept peace until Israel is obliterated.
  • 9-23-09 - Obama will meet with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev.
  • 9-24-09 - Obama is scheduled to chair a Security Council session on global nuclear disarmament, the first such event by the 15-nation body.
  • 9-24/25-09 - The G-20, the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank will meet in the Convention Center in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania. Mr. O will host this meeting. The primary purpose of this meeting will be to address the world monetary crisis.
  • 9-25-09 - 50,000 Moslems will gather opposite the ellipse in front of the White House for prayer with the intent of praying to Allah for victory and that the White House become a Muslim House.
  • 9-30-09 - The 30 days of Ramadan end.
  • 10-1-09 - The Communist Chinese flag will be allowed to fly at the White House.
  • On-going - Security agencies are on high alert for terrorist activities as the FBI plans and conducts more raids in New York City.
Sent to advance the Kingdom of God and His divine purposes in this hour.
AGAPE! Lisa Crump, NDP Task Force, Director of Prayer Mobilization

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