Wednesday, September 23, 2009

The Call


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The message 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 essay 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, 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 section titled "Here is The Call" reveals the true nature of this 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 wants us to. I will pray for the well-being of my Muslim brethren.

This same discussion with some added features can be found in another blog post.

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