In recent days, there has been so much violence in the Middle East directed toward Americans. And our reaction is, understandably, to take a defensive position. I want to defend myself and my friends, shout from Twitter and everywhere else that not all Americans are “like that” (whatever “that” may be). Whether the riots are about the anti-Islam movie trailer or not, I want them to know that some Americans watched and thought it was horrible. Horrible acting (at the very least), horrible caricature of their culture, disrespectful, most likely offensive.
But I also want to say, “Violence is certainly not the way to protest a cheap movie that portrays your faith as violent.”
I want to say those things to them. But I have no way to make contact with the Muslim world. I do, however, have the ability to make contact with the American, Christian world. And with this tiny little platform I have here on the Internet, I want to remind you that while this may be the face of Islam we think is blowing up the world today…
(Photo Credit, Mohammed Abu Zaid, AP)
…these are the faces of Islam that rocked my world and flipped my perspective upside down when I spent time in Kabul and Dashti Barche, Afghanistan, in 2007.
Don’t let the face of Islam overshadow the faces. Remember the faces.
Pray for the faces.
Pray that the Prince of Peace will continue to make Himself famous in the lives of these precious people.
Pray that Christians in America will remember that our battle is not against flesh and blood, but against the powers of darkness.
Pray that we will see these people not as our enemies, but as prisoners of war who are held captive by our spiritual enemy.
I’m praying for those poor souls trapped in that evil, enslaving religion.