[VIDEO] Skye Writing: Why Christians Should Defend Muslims

How should Christians respond to Muslims after the terrible attack in Orlando? Should we side with Trump and those calling for a ban on Muslims entering the U.S.? And should we deny religious freedom to Muslims as some Christian leaders suggest. In this video, I discuss how fear makes us irrational and dumb, as well as three reasons why Christians should love, and even defend, Muslims.

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8 Comments

  • June 16, 2016

    Trisha

    Love this. Thank you Skye

  • June 18, 2016

    Brandi

    It’s really hard to get to that place of love when when radical Islam wants to kill you. And have no problem cutting off heads of Christiams to prove how much they hate us. LBGT community is hurting for sure….. so are are we all! This was an attack on Americans first and foremost. All terrorist attacks are acts of hate….. because they hate us for not believing what they believe and will use whatever means necessary to fear us into becoming more like them or we will kill you in the most horrific way. You talk about fear mongering and put up a pic of Trump and a scary looking gun (no agenda there) Yet somehow don’t extend the same rationale in your video that guns are not the issue any more than the true Muslim faith is. It would seem that our current leader wants us to believe that the threat is not as bad as it seems and if we just get rid of guns, and don’t call the enemy names that those Orlando victims would still be alive. That is fear mongering as well. Love must overcome and it will. We know how this book ends. We don’t have to wait and wonder who wins this war….. God already told us…. He does!

    God designed us with the emotion of fear for a reason. So we would be aware of a world around us that has danger and would be able to make choices of getting out of harms way. I don’t know how to ignore people (radical Islam at the moment) who want to kill me. It’s their hearts I’m fearful of more than their bombs, guns and knives. That is fear based in truth, is it not?

    • June 20, 2016

      Jennifer

      No, it’s not easy. The way of Jesus seldom is. One thing Skye didn’t mention is that “love” doesn’t have to be a feeling. You can take loving actions without feeling affection. You’re not going to be able to drum up loving feelings toward your enemies without the intervention of the Holy Spirit. But you can act in someone’s best interest, no matter what your emotions are.

      And I’m assuming Skye didn’t talk about guns because that was not his topic; how Christians should treat Muslims is.

      Do you know any Muslims? I teach English as a Second Language in a suburban metro area, and I’ve taught a number of Muslims. Each one is different, just like each Christian is different. Lumping together millions of people and assigning them the label of “potential terrorist” is, indeed, fear-mongering and hate-mongering. Trump is not the only one doing it, but he is the one getting the most attention right now.

      One thing I will tell you regarding politics is that the more I read the Bible seriously and try to filter my thinking through God’s Word, the less my politics align with any one party. It’s very confusing in the voting booth.

      • June 21, 2016

        Brandi

        Agreed! Love is a choice and lumping groups of people together with a label of “infidel”, “christian”, muslim, terrorist, etc has proven to be dangerous for those lumped into those categories. Talking open and honestly about the current threat (radical islam) wanting to kill cut off our heads and wiping Israel off the face of the planet would be a good start. However with the help of our current leadership we are feared into not “saying the wrong thing” because not all Muslims are “bad”….. and that’s where the hamster wheel keeps spinning. If you come out against radical islam, you must hate all muslims; Islamaphobic is what a whole new group of people are “labeled”. Because we are “afraid” of such labels we will say….. I’m not a racists because I have black friends, I’m not homophobic because my sister is gay, and I’m not anti muslim because I love Muhammad Ali. I pray the madness stops! Truth in love always. God help us.

  • June 18, 2016

    Mark

    Thank you for articulating what should be obvious common sense!

  • June 18, 2016

    DLE

    Skye,

    While you have a brilliant mind on many issues, and you are certainly thoughtful, I believe you are conflating issues by means of a similar mechanism to those you oppose, just to different objectives.

    The American Church and the American Government are neither the same entity nor do they have the same ultimate goals. All Christians are called to love our neighbors and pray for those who persecute us, but the American Government has as its goal to protect its citizenry and to resist its enemies to ensure liberty. Ultimately, these two ideals will collide because the American Government is comprised of the American people, which is unlike the system found in any of the Biblical-era governments, and places a much greater burden on Christians in that Government to be both faithful to God and responsible for maintaining the charters of the Government.

    We start creating a garbled dialogue when we try to make these two entities have the same goal. Sadly, you are conflating the two also, and it means your response is not a workable one. You try to align the two but then default back to solely the Christian position, making it seem like you have provided both a Christrian response and a political one. However, the political response actually goes unaddressed. Problem is, to be a workable solution, it can’t be ignored. There needs to be a rational Christian response that is also rational in accordance to the charters of our Government.

    This is the dilemma of the American Christian, and it is a dilemma that results in a one-size-fits-all response that is neither Christian nor American. It avoids hard, tough answers by retreating too strongly to one side–the error I spoke of earlier.

    I could write much more about what a better response would be that is both Christian and politically wise and fair, but I don’t want to hijack your forum with a huge response. Many Christian thinkers in the late 19th century also struggled with the political ramifications of a Christian faith that when fully engaged with politics reflects the Sermon on the Mount and yet takes it in a more unexplored direction. I hope that we Christians today can be that brave to find a path that looks different than what the world has so far yet seen, yet is also very Biblical.

  • June 18, 2016

    DLE

    Let me add this one point as a kickoff of how best to think about this.

    1. It is the responsibility of the American Government to defend the rights of its citizens.
    2. It is NOT the responsibility of the American Government to defend the rights of Muslims (or even Christians or Jews).

    The argument before us hinges on how we understand the Government’s role in defending the rights of those who are and are not citizens, regardless of what their religious beliefs are. This is a more subtle argument, but it is the one that we should be making, which is further complicated by the reality that the Government and the Church do NOT have perfectly overlapping goals here.

    Christians do inustice to the arguments for and against when we do not embrace the subtleties needed to both frame and address the question.

  • June 19, 2016

    Pete Holzmann

    I am so sad to have to suggest: one who wants to comment (or listen) with wisdom about the Muslim situation, yet does not understand at LEAST “abrogation” and “taqqiya”, is commenting or listening with very little wisdom at all.

    I am so sad that Skye — who until now has had very very few “misses” — produced this without himself learning more. It would have been much better, for example, if he had quoted the complete verse about fear. 2 Tim 1:7 — “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.”

    Just for example, I do not hear Trump provoking fear. I hear that in those who misquote him. I’m not even a Trump supporter, yet I hear him consistently and specifically saying: we have a problem. We need to halt this flow UNTIL WE FIGURE IT OUT.

    A sound mind. Listening to the Holy Spirit (remember Joshua and the Gibeonites?)

    A big part of Islam IS peaceful.

    A big part — taught at their premiere university in Cairo, Al Hazar… and taught in Saudi Arabia and elsewhere… core, conservative, NOT fringe — IS evil and violent and oppressive. It is also explicitly deceptive, as a core principle (hint: that’s what taqqiya is, along with four other similar principles.)

    Does God call us, as those who LOVE, to be wise, to oppose evil, to guard against being deceived?

    Is it fear, love, or something else, to blindly walk into deception?

    Is it love to presume that those who themselves are deceived, and are full of hate for those not like them, do not desperately need the transforming power of Christ?

    Is it fear, or confidence in Christ, to call for wisdom and discernment, and to carefully evaluate all things?

    Is it fear, or confidence in Christ, to desire to be a shepherd that protects the innocent?

    Is it fear, or confidence in Christ, to boldly call for people to wake up and discern by the power of the Holy Spirit more about this challenging situation, and to call for a national “pause” so that we can all, with wisdom and love and humility, discover how to “rightly divide” between those who are intentionally deceptive and oppressive, and those who are not?

    I commend to you a book by Nabeel Jabbour: The Crescent through the eyes of the Cross http://www.nabeeljabbour.com/Books/PageItems/The-Crescent