Both Christians and Muslims believe their future is tied to their beliefs. Christians believe Jesus Christ died for our sins. He is our Savior and our salvation. We will reside with Him for all eternity in a place he prepared for us, where streets are paved with gold, and we have a new and glorified physical being. At the UN, Obama said “the future cannot be slandering the prophet of Islam.” Eric Erickson at RedState and What Would the Founders Think both have thoughtful responses. Read snippets below and then read the full articles. You’ll be glad you did. Then ask your Pastor if your church is taking part in Pulpit Freedom Sunday, October 7, 2012.
It is an orthodox Christian belief that Mohammed is not a prophet. Actual Christians, as opposed to many of the supposed Christians put up by the mainstream media, believe that Christ is the only way to salvation. Believing that is slandering Mohammed. That’s just a fact. If you don’t believe me, you go into the MIddle East and proclaim Christ is the way, the truth, and the life and see what happens to your life…
Now, in point of fact, this is a major difference between Islam and Christianity. Christ came to this world as an enemy of the world and expected to be impugned. He also tells his followers that they should expect to be impugned. There is joy in being persecuted for following the Risen Lord. In Islam, if you impugn Mohammed, you get a fatwa on your butt….
As an exit point, with all of President Obama’s statements on tolerance in his speech, we should remember that tolerance is really not a Christian virtue. As Archbishop Chaput of Philadelphia noted, “We need to remember that tolerance is not a Christian virtue. Charity, justice, mercy, prudence, honesty — these are Christian virtues. And obviously, in a diverse community, tolerance is an important working principle. But it’s never an end itself.” The Archbishop also noted that evil preaches tolerance until it is dominate and then it seeks to silence good. That’s not a statement that the President is evil in any way, shape, or form, but we should be mindful when the secular world demands tolerance for all, tolerance for all means we cannot have standards of faith to live by, because those standards obviously require we be intolerant of sins this world has embraced.
Presumably it is necessary to condemn those “who slander the prophet of Islam,” but most people consider vowing to kill Jews a more serious violation of diplomatic protocol than a “crude and disgusting” video. But then the president also said, “Muslims have suffered the most at the hands of extremism.” Perhaps the slaughter of six million Jews does not count as extremist…
What Would the Founder’s Think quotes Obama saying “Together, we must work towards a work where we are strengthened by our differences, and not defined by them” and then asks “how are we strengthened by a bunch of fanatics who want to murder us?”
God bless the bloggers who are examining every word from the mouths of the Obama campaign, and especially when the man, himself, stands before the United Nations. That’s where you will hear his true intentions for the Muslim world. Beyond that, you’ll hear no truth. Read Obama’s entire UN speech here, with some commentary. Speaking of fatwas, here’s a couple for you.