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Daily Devotional – October 18

9/11

On September 11, 2001 nineteen Muslims highjacked four airliners, crashing three of them into buildings in the United States.  Almost 3,000 people died.  Mothers, fathers, children, grandparents.

Pictures and cameras from around the world illustrated massive rejoicing in the countries of Islamic faith.  Celebrations of the death of 3,000 innocents dead or trapped beneath the rubble of the World Trade Center.   Five years in the aftermath Muslim leaders are still praising the event.

There was little condemnation for such act by the almost 1.2 billion Muslims in the world.  A well known cleric did come forth and say that “Radical Islam” only comprised about 10% of its population, a mere 120 million militants who believe in the annilation of all but those of Islamic faith. 

And yet, it is the FASTEST GROWING RELIGION on the earth today. 

Why is it that the growth of Christianity, the world’s largest “religion”, has stagnated while a religion such as Islam grows rapidly? 

Did our God die on 9/11?

Luke 18:8

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October 18, 2006 - Posted by | Daily Devotional

7 Comments »

  1. Crusades, Inquisition, Salem witch trials, native Americans, slaves.
    No, God is very much in control, every cloud and all.

    Comment by Brian REason | October 18, 2006 | Reply

  2. My mother asked me this very question a few weeks ago. I told her that I think Christianity is failing because of Christians. We have too many excuses: “Be patient: God isn’t finished with me yet.” Okay, that’s true. But in the meanwhile Muslims are willing to die for what they believe.

    Christians are so busy trying to convince others of how different they are that they lose track of God’s plan: to send Jesus to reconcile EVERYBODY to each other and to Him. Jesus did His part, but we sit around waiting for Jesus to return in the clouds and take “us” but not “them.” That’s not God’s plan. We treat each other (other Christians) badly by acting as though doctrine is more important than love.

    Jesus clearly stated that the first and second commandments, the ones that fulfill the entire law, have to do with loving God and people. But no, we dissect ourselves into the ones who believe the Eucharist is physical, the ones who believe it’s mystical, and the ones who believe it’s symbolic. And then we wonder why others don’t want to be like us. Who is us?

    Brian is right. We’re mad about 9/11 but still deny our own church history. It was the Catholics who did the crusades, right? Not us. No wonder the world calls us hypocrites. But who’s us?

    Jehovah’s Witnesses and Seventh Day Adventists are cults, right? And Jim Jones. But Pentecostals are closer to God because of speaking in tongues (of which there are several types.) I once heard a guest pastor in an AOG church say he didn’t even know what charismatic meant: He was Pentecostal. There too many types of “tongues” and not enough acknowledged “gifts.” “Yours” is talent; “mine” is a gift. Yeah. right!

    Catholics and Orthodox Christians are, well, Apostolic. Some of them are Marian. Mainstream Protestants “don’t believe anything,” (unless, of course, you happen to be one of them.) And then there are the (Protestant) Independents. Independent of what?
    Who’s us?

    One of the reasons Malcolm X became Muslim was the idea of racial equality. Christians across the board are more racially tolerant than they were before the 60s. The bad, bad 60s, where women demanded equality, too. Many Christians now ordain women, but many don’t. And now it’s gays. It’s always we/they! (And that’s just among ourselves. Never mind the “unsaved.”) Maybe God thinks they are just yet-to-be saved. We’ve splintered ourselves into nonsense!

    God didn’t die on 9/11. But perhaps we are in the post-Christian era. We spend too much time trying to get to church and bring others to church and too little being the church.

    Does this mean I am no longer Christian? No. No. No. It means that I think we need to stop telling each other how wrong we are about how we worship and what emphasis we put on certain beliefs. We must agree on the one thing that makes us Christian—our faith in the death, burial and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ—and come together in love before the world will see our message as one of hope.

    Muslims are willing to die for their faith. Are we willing to live for ours?

    Comment by helenl | October 18, 2006 | Reply

  3. Brian,

    You make a good point. “Christianity” grew more during those times when it was militant than it is now. Does that mean that we should turn back to “repent or die?” Of course the followup question, “Was that real Christianity?” has to be answered before we could take that line of reasoning further. This is a good lead in to what we will continue to discuss as we examine the questions of “Where did Christianity/Contemporary Churches go wrong?”

    And, Helen, what an outstanding missive! Simply outstanding!

    I think that this is an important discussion that needs to continue–for all of our sakes.

    God bless!

    -j

    Comment by bereans | October 18, 2006 | Reply

  4. Isaiah 45:6-13

    Comment by Brian REason | October 18, 2006 | Reply

  5. Luke 9:54-56

    Comment by Brian REason | October 18, 2006 | Reply

  6. I do not think God died because of “nineteen Muslims”… What’s the population of the US? How many humans died on our soil on 9-11? What’s the number of humans killed in Afghanistan? Iraq? How many more of our troops and coalition troops and how many more innocent Iraqis will be sacraficed for empires design? For oil? For power? What happened to the meek? How many? Just a question my friend. God is alive…he’s just not taking sides. See?

    Comment by thepoetryman | October 27, 2006 | Reply

  7. Hi PM!

    Thanks for dropping by the Berean! It’s a bit more expressive of my “humble” side — my fun side is over at http://www.newssnipet.blogspot.com (that was the site I was hoping you would visit–its more political, etc.–but–before you read any of the posts, keep in mind that the tone ranges from wry to sarcastic. Thats the reason its called the Snipe – it.

    Anyhow, I guess in response here is that the “God” that radical Islam purports to serve is gaining in popularity, while the “God” that Christians claim to serve is losing ground. I don’t believe in war anymore than anyone, but I realize that it is a reality of man’s sin. Eliminate sin, no more war–but the problem is that we haven’t exactly figured out how to do that–and since it started (whether one wants to think of this as literal or figurative) with Cain and Able, the first two out of the womb, it is a reality of this world. Whether it is us or them, war is mostly about economics. When one person looked upon another with jealousy, that person took the first step toward violence in their heart–and what the heart feels, generally the action follows.

    As far as sides, I believe it something of a deeper theological nature. I do believe that in this dispensation, both judgement and blessing are the result of the immutable laws of the Universe which are both God and a part of his design. Prior to the death of Christ on the cross, I believe that God had a more “interventive” nature. Afterward, I believe that he has reserved judgement and blessing to a future time, so in essence I believe you are absolutely correct. Keep in mind though, that events are moving in the direction He wants–as Einstein was often known to say, “God does not play dice with the universe.”

    PM, I can’t answer your question, except to say that till He comes again, there will be death and suffering–He is the only one that can straighten it out, because historically man has always failed in his efforts to reform himself outside of Christ’s nature. Man has tried to eradicate evil through government–through creation of fascistic structures that dictate every individual action, to democratic structures where individuals exploit the freedom given them. I agree with Helen, we won’t ever see peace until the Prince of Peace brings it to us. War is a symptom, poverty is a symptom, hatred is a symptom–not the disease–the disease is man left alone without a higher moral authority to answer to.

    If it is peace that one really seeks, then look toward its author and then find it within. On this earth it is the only place it resides.

    Great to have you visit, PM! I like your site.

    -j

    Comment by bereans | October 27, 2006 | Reply


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