Christian - Muslim Interactions

Punish a Muslim Day?

from Shane's Muslim Connect

The NCAA basketball championship was big news in the U.S. this past week. But in the UK, and even in major US cities, police were on increased alert against violence toward Muslims. In March, flyers appeared in England calling for April 3rd to be Punish a Muslim Day. 

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This week’s Muslim Connect celebrates two of my three favorite categories of people: Anabaptists and Muslims. (The third category, of course, is which ever one you fall into!)

The Hutterites are a small, but feisty group of Anabaptists who fled Ukraine to the US and Canada in the 1870’s. They live in communal groups, work as famers and tradesmen and endeavor to be pretty serious about following Jesus.

Pray for Your Enemy

from Shane's Muslim Connect

This much is clear: There are people in the world hell-bent on wreaking havoc. Some have earned the label terrorist and some of those direct their terror-inducing energy toward the U.S. 

Jesus is equally clear: “Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.”

What's Got Us on Edge?

from Shane's Muslim Connect

A friend texted me an emoji yesterday I didn’t recognize. Turns out it was the “apology” emoji and not the “Geesh, you’re a dope. I’m never talking to you again” emoji as I had imagined. Apparently I’m not real emoji-intuitive. 

I lack intuition in other areas as well, particularly compared to my capacity to assume! It’s way out of balance. 

I want to help people move from apathy, anxiousness, 

and anger regarding Muslims toward love and engagement. This desire makes the big assumption that some people really feel these things. If this is true and we further assume most of us are more or less rational, there must be stuff behind those emotions: data, experience, belief, etc. 

Let's Buy the Ice Cream!

from Shane's Muslim Connect

icecreamYou know what you don’t expect to see at Baskin Robbins in Indianapolis? A Muslim woman buying treats decked out in a full length niqab with only her eyes showing. But that’s just what my friend Hannah saw. Of course the Holy Spirit saw the woman too and promptly whispered to Hannah, “Pay for her ice cream!” Ahhh! Granted, buying ice cream is a little easier than some things the Holy Spirit may have said, but still. 

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