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Hannah Jeske

Speaking the Truth in Love to Muslims Student Report

The Gospel for Muslims by Thabiti Anyabwile
Be Hospitable / Suffer for the Name

What is a Christian willing to give up for Jesus? We Christians here in the United States
dont have any idea. We simply arent exposed to the kind of persecution that takes place across
the globe. The media even portrays converting to Christianity as going scot-free because the
sufferings of being a Christian seem few here and the blessings that come with are materialistic
and abundant. Comparatively, in places like Iran, we constantly hear of jihadists giving their
lives for Islam. Even closer to home, we think of what happened on 9/11 and the kamikaze
pilots involved there. However false (or true) it may be, we Christians seem unwilling to give up
our comforts- let alone our lives- for Jesus.
Yet, the Bible does reference the sufferings of Christians. There are many! Though we
arent necessarily faced with death in America, Christians have to struggle with issues
concerning hate-speech, homosexuality, our place in the constitutional words free exercise of
religion, and the like. The difference is that Christians dont respond to persecution with
violence. Jesus taught us, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.
Muhammad, in contrast, promoted violence, and thats where jihadists got the idea that through
their sufferings they need to physically fight back. On the other hand, Christians need only to
remember these three things: One, Jesus endured it all already, two, God promises to be with us
and to deliver us, and three, our reward awaits us in heaven. We dont have to fight back with
fists and guns and planes. Jesus already won the spiritual battle for us on the cross.

When thinking about what were willing to give up for Jesus, our life, the sweetest thing
God gives us, is the most difficult blessing to comprehend losing. Nevertheless, even the little
things are sometimes hard to give up. When a new neighbor moves into the house next door and
it turns out hes a Muslim, our first thought is to steer clear. We dont want to approach him.
Hes different, and different is scary. However, as a Christian light, its our job to give up our
time for him. Showing Christian hospitality is an easy bridge to spreading the Gospel.
Unfortunately, doing just that is not popular among most Christians just because we dont want
to exert or embarrass ourselves. Our faith shrinks down to a personal level; Jesus command,
Practice hospitality, is disregarded. What we should realize is that showing kindness to a
stranger is the first step to witnessing. Just as Jesus did not come to be served but to serve, what
we do for one of the least of our brothers, we do for Him.
Its also important for us to remember that many Muslims come to the U.S. without any
family or friends. They feel secluded and unwelcome in American homes. Christians must be
the first ones who reach out to these people. A simple invitation could transform someones soul.
We must pray for these opportunities to reach out to the Muslims in our community.
As these opportunities come, our invitations should be simple but not shallow. Author
Thabiti Anyabwile advises us to know the Muslim customs. He says to offer second portions of
food and drinks more than once as its a Muslim custom to decline the first offer. Also, dressing
modestly is not to be overlooked. Specifically directed towards Christian women, clothing
choices really do matter in order that we dont appear insensitive and turn off any possible
witnessing prospects. Muslim women are kept away from men for the sake of modest and
safety; therefore, its the Christian womans important job to seek out our fellow sisters.

Whether were giving up our time, our homes, or even our lives, witnessing to Muslims
through example is the greatest job the LORD has given us. We dont want Muslims to object to
Christianity just because they dont think were willing to give up anything. As Jesus once said
to a rich man, If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and
follow me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will
find it.