I am deeply concerned about the Politicized Church because I believe it’s destroying Christianity and it’s using well-meaning doves and helpless refugees to do it. There’s a wolf in there and sometimes people can’t see the wolf for the sheep. Let me just ask you all one question:
What does Jesus think of Islam?”
Boil it down, peaceful or radical, moderate, progressive, or fundamentalist Islam…does it matter? And would Jesus disapprove of Islam in the same way God did Baal worship (1 Kings 18:17-40)? If so, why on earth would any Christian want to cozy up to it? Verse 21
Elijah went before the people and said, “How long will you waver between two opinions? If the LORD is God, follow him; but if Baal is God, follow him.” But the people said nothing.
Do we have two opinions or do Christians follow Christ? Oh you say, the Islamic refugees are helpless. Some surely are. Maybe many, even most. And that’s why lots of idealistic Christians jump on the Save our Refugees bandwagon as innocent as doves. Understandable. Even laudable…provided these doves are also as shrewd as snakes.
Are all refugees equal to the Politicized Church?
Some famous pastors like Tim Keller and Max Lucado (both becoming vocal during the Presidential election) say “Let the Syrian refugees in!” never uttering a word about the barred Cubans stranded off the coast on January 12th. Other Christians like Franklin Graham are providing refugees food and safe havens nearer their homeland as Christian compassion all over the globe, including Syria. Equally doves, are they not? Ah, but are they equally as discerning and shrewd?
Shrewd means seeing that Jesus hates the practice of Islam every bit as much as He hates any other kind of idolatry and false teaching. And it’s not just Old Testament, get-over-it-Barb stuff.
Revelation 2:12 “To the angel of the church in Pergamum write: These are the words of him who has the sharp, double-edged sword. 13 I know where you live– where Satan has his throne. Yet you remain true to my name. You did not renounce your faith in me, even in the days of Antipas, my faithful witness, who was put to death in your city– where Satan lives. 14 Nevertheless, I have a few things against you: You have people there who hold to the teaching of Balaam, who taught Balak to entice the Israelites to sin by eating food sacrificed to idols and by committing sexual immorality. 15 Likewise you also have those who hold to the teaching of the Nicolaitans. 16 Repent therefore! Otherwise, I will soon come to you and will fight against them with the sword of my mouth.
Shrewd means seeing a similar pagan compromise today as Christianity’s decline gives rise to secularism and Islam. Peaceful Islam or not, the culture of Germany cannot withstand the social pressure from this many religious people building mosques. Are Germans more or less likely to learn about Christ in a country closing a last gasp of churches and opening mosques? Is that what Jesus wants for America?
Christians, there’s a difference between being shrewd and “Islamophobic” which is just an epithet designed to separate weak Christians from their faith.
There is no anti-Muslim irrationality in asking what Jesus thinks of Islam and as a Christian, thinking likewise. It’s simply recognition that our two faith traditions only have Abraham in common. Our differences are day and night.
As we act in dove-hearted ways to love refugees, only some fleeing persecution, please be shrewd as snakes so you don’t find yourselves sucked in to the wrong side of the spiritual battle. The Antichrist wants open borders since that’s how he extends his rule. It’s called conquest and this invasion can be peacefully subversive… or not. (Daniel 11:36-45)
Daniel 11:40 “At the time of the end the king of the South will engage [the Antichrist] in battle, and the king of the North will storm out against him with chariots and cavalry and a great fleet of ships. He will invade many countries and sweep through them like a flood. 41 He will also invade the Beautiful Land. Many countries will fall, but Edom, Moab and the leaders of Ammon will be delivered from his hand. 42 He will extend his power over many countries; Egypt will not escape.
Shrewd faithful Christians guard their separation from spiritual darkness (spirit of the antichrist, 1 John 4:3). It’s called holiness and in the end, it’s not about your dove-like motives or your good intentions. It’s about what you did. But you don’t need to take my word for it.
Revelation 2:23b Then all the churches will know that I am he who searches hearts and minds, and I will repay each of you according to your deeds. ..29 He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.
Are you listening? And do you hear?