Christian Orthodoxy Will Save The Muslim World

photo-1465328610639-388f315eb31bAfter watching this video where a Muslim converts to Christianity, and an exhilarating discussion on Twitter yesterday with a Catholic and a fellow Anglican (I myself am Anglican and part of an Anglican Church of North America church), I’ve come to a conclusion–well, rather, a hypothesis:

Christian orthodoxy will save the world.

Specifically, the Muslim world.

What Islam has going for it is a relatively organized system: several holy books (the Koran, the Sira, and the Hadith), the life of a figure regarded as ideal or holy (Muhammad) for study, and decrees (fatwas) issued for clarification of Muslim law (Sharia) by figures in a central authority (mufti).

If that doesn’t sound like Christian orthodoxy gone horribly wrong, I don’t know what does.

We have our holy books (the Bible and occasionally the Apocrypha), the life of a figure regarded as ideal or holy (Jesus) for study, and decrees issued for clarification of Christian doctrine and practice by figures in a central authority (the Pope, the Archbishop of Canterbury, or, in the case of the ACNA, Archbishop Foley Beach).

While Catholics, Anglicans, Lutherans, and Episcopalians disagree on the doctrines issues raised by the Reformation (Martin Luther really did a number on the Church, both for good and for bad) and social issues (mostly regarding sexuality), all of these bring some semblance of order to unstructured Christianity. Nondenominational churches will most likely never be palatable to an orthodox Muslim who has converted, because of the disorganized nature of things and the continual disagreement between denominations as to how far to go with post-Reformation theology.

Please note that in the former paragraph, I used the word ‘palatable’ not to mean that we change Christianity to suit Islam–conversion without the radical heart change introduced by the Holy Spirit is not conversion!–but that we welcome Muslims into the body of Christ not just through conversion, but also baptism and the other Sacraments into our holy fellowship.

In other words, we invite them into Christ’s Church, but we also give them the structure necessary for former Muslims to have the grounding and satisfaction that comes from hundreds of years of Christian orthodoxy–the Sacraments, the succession of bishops, all of it.

Now how do we implement this? I’m not sure, but I think it might be happening already. I do know that Anglicanism is already spreading throughout Africa and that we have missions organizations. I imagine the Catholic Church does too. If we are already there, then shifting to the Middle East shouldn’t be so hard to do. The only thing I would add to traditional missions work is including weapons training, so that new Christians can protect themselves. If a Muslim gives their life to Christ only to be murdered the next day, what has the Church gained?

The United States government, as it is now, cannot be trusted to protect Middle Eastern Christians–they bring in Muslims almost exclusively. Whether Europe can be trusted is doubtful as well. Christians are going to have to do this by ourselves–but this is probably as it should be. Orthodox Christians need to have the backbone of the Crusaders, so that we–Christ through us–can save the world.

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Christians and LGBT Community: Let’s Unite Against Our Common Enemy

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In the the recent massacre in Orlando, the LGBT community has experienced a tragedy, such horror that has not been seen on American soil since 9/11.

As always, when homosexuals are involved, Christians (or those who claim to be Christians) express viewpoints ranging from the helpful to the unhelpful to the, pardon my language, bat-shit crazy.

Speaking for reasonable Christians, I am sorry for your loss and we are doing everything we can to comfort and help those in the gay community in Orlando who are suffering. I wish you all the best and will, personally, help you all I can. Continue reading “Christians and LGBT Community: Let’s Unite Against Our Common Enemy”

Christian Genocide: We Are Being Duped

American Christians don’t like to talk about our brethren overseas being slaughtered. This is because we would have to talk about who is doing the slaughtering, and it’s not politically correct to point the finger.

I found an interesting video today.

It’s clear that I have a lot of studying to do.

Just Because I’m A Christian Doesn’t Mean That I Have To Put Up With Your B.S.

photo-1458225472243-bc6325b1fa5cI think some people have the opinion that evangelical Christians are supposed to be wishy-washy, and that the words ‘turn the other cheek’ means that we are never supposed to fight back.

Erm, sorry, nope, that’s not true. Christians, by definition (‘Christ-followers’, ‘people who are like Christ’, or ‘little Christs’), follow Jesus. Continue reading “Just Because I’m A Christian Doesn’t Mean That I Have To Put Up With Your B.S.”

The Importance Of ‘Addictions’

the-pathFor the past year or so, I’ve been obsessed with a certain online game. I find that as I start writing more, that the desire to fire up the game client grows less each day.

This is OK, and I expected as much. It fits a certain pattern I’ve noticed. Maybe you’ll relate.

For the past couple of years, I’ve been locked in a cycle of anxiety and the feeling that I’ve been going nowhere. Stuck in my career with nowhere to go. Everything noble I had tried to do had failed.

Everybody needs an outlet during those times. Video games often help me. Before this one, it was a different game. Listening to and reading a lot of science fiction, fantasy, and superhero-type novels also helped. Reading comic books also helped. 

It’s all about dulling the pain–the pain of having no purpose. Or at least the pain of feeling like you have no purpose.

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‘Sanctified Capitalism’, Donald Trump, and How A Healthy Economy Helps American Christians Help Others

tumblr_o04s4c8Ci11sfie3io1_1280In this post I hope to explain a little bit about capitalism vs. socialism, and how capitalism, the best economic system in the world, can help more American Christians help others.

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The Line That All American Christian Voters Should Not Cross

photo-1422413832546-48df898f3a85There’s a line I don’t cross when it comes to politics, and I appreciate anyone who calls themselves a believer who decides not to cross this line.

More after the break.

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