A Bold Faith
A few days ago I sat through a Ministerial Association meeting, strangely enough as I sat there I realized that we were talking more about the Islamic faith then we were talking about our own. To me this became a major reality check in how we as Christians can some times act. Don't get me wrong, the conversation was great. I learned a lot about Islam that I did not know, and discovered a few things about my faith along the way. One gentlemen in the room just got back from 11 years pastoring in the U.K. He was telling us that the area he was working in is predominately Muslim. The muslims that he talked to told him that they could not believe how soft Christians are. They would tell him, "if you have something that you believe in, then it is worth saying boldly." As I sat there I learned that the Muslim people are very up front with what they believe. They will get right to it and not back away. It has been predicted that the Islamic faith will be the predominate faith in all westernized societies within the next ten years.
Absolute truth is what they preach. That is why so many are turning to them. We, as Christians, are to soft. We believe that we have THE absolute truth. So why aren't we as bold as they are? Take what I have said to heart, but in context. I am not advocating the Islamic faith. They preach a message of peace, but truly want surrender, and submission to their way of life. But I do believe that we can take a page or two out of their book. We ought to claim the truth and preach it boldly.
"Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace."