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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Christian Genocide: This Must End.

I can't find the source for this image. If it belongs to you, please let me know.I read this article today and it tore me up. I’m alternately infuriated at our government and devastated for our Christian brethren, who our government has thrown to the wolves. This isn’t going to be a well-written piece, because I’m angry as hell and I don’t know what to do about it.

One of the appalling aspects of ISIS’s deliberate, open targeting of Christians for destruction is how little resistance it has received from local Sunni populations. As Raymond Ibrahim from the David Horowitz Freedom Center has scrupulously documented, the local Sunnis have not stood up for their Christian neighbors, who have lived side-by-side with them for hundreds of years. Rather, in areas that have been conquered by ISIS, the local Sunnis have collaborated with their genocidal masters in raping and murdering Christian neighbors, plundering their property, destroying their churches, and driving them from their ancestral homes.

Although precise data is hard to come by, it is clear that thousands of Christians have been slaughtered. Thousands of Christian women and girls have been sold as sex slaves in ISIS slave markets, subjected to continuous, violent rape and beatings. Nuns and priests have been enslaved, crucified, mutilated, kidnapped and held for ransom, as have lay members of Christian communities. Christians have been burned alive.

Is the current administration doing anything about it? No. Of course not.

Beyond refusing to take the necessary steps to ensure that persecuted Christians are rescued from annihilation, the State Department has been rejecting visa requests from Christian activists and leaders from persecuted communities to visit the US to share information about their suffering with the American public. This, at the same time that the administration has welcomed Muslim jihad sympathizers, including Muslim Brotherhood members, to Washington.

What accounts for this behavior? The answer is not ignorance, but ideologically- motivated bigotry. The Aid to the Church in Need organization explained in its 2015 report on Christian persecution, “Christians have been targeted [because]… Christianity [is seen] as a foreign ‘colonial’ import. Christians are seen as linked to the West, which is perceived as corrupt and exploitative.”

In another report, the group explained that the Western media has avoided covering the story of the Islamic genocide of Middle East Christians because of “misplaced embarrassment about the 19th-century colonial powers evangelizing ‘the natives’ in far flung places.”

In other words, Middle Eastern Christians, whose communities predate Islam, are targeted because they are perceived as Western implants.And the West ignores their suffering, because the Left in the West perceives them as Western implants.

In both cases, prejudices, rooted on the one hand in jihadist Islam, and on the other hand in Western self-hatred and post-colonialism, reach the same bigoted conclusion: the only “authentic” people in the Middle East are Muslims.

Everybody else is a colonial implant. And as such, they deserve what they get.

Donald Trump is the only one speaking up for Christians right now who has the guts to do something about it.

Too many Christians want a nice, polished, Christian-looking president. They hold Cruz up as the ideal gentleman. Well, sorry, that gentleman will easily lose to Hillary Clinton.

Hillary will do what she did to our men in Benghazi–ignore them until they die, because of political correctness. And Hillary will continue to ignore the massacre of Christians, to appease the far Left. She’ll probably continue to say that it’s their fault.

This has to stop now. We need a man in office who has the guts to do what needs to be done. We need Donald Trump.