Worship Allah and God at the Same Church?

The core principles of the article titled: muslims-in-evangelical-churches-christianity-today ,that I found relevant and important at this time include[1]:

  1. Should other faiths worship at Christian Churches?
  2. Can a Christian, in good conscience, facilitate the worship of other gods?
  3. How does the Golden Rule fit here?

 

First:  Should other faiths worship at Christian Churches?

The closest example we have of Jesus becoming visibly and physically angry is in relation to this concept.  John 2:16-17 says, “And he told those who sold the pigeons, ‘Take these things away; do not make my Father’s house a house of trade.’ His disciples remembered that it was written, ‘Zeal for your house will consume me.’”  Jesus immediately goes into a discussion about how His own body is the temple of God, but this does not detract from his burning anger towards those who used His Father’s house for anything other than worship of Him.  Absolutely not!  Why would I encourage other people to worship false gods by inviting them to do so in my own house?  This life is not about coexisting.  It is about pleading with people to be reconciled to God![2]  This leads to the next point.  While I believe we have a responsibility to take a stand for God when it is in our power to do so, I also believe that we can allow others to practice the free exercise of their religion and this is different than encouraging them to do so.

 

Second:  Can a Christian, in Good conscience, facilitate the worship of other gods?

This is a major dilemma of our Military Chaplain Corps.  As a military chaplain I have reconciled this issue in the following way:  I will never communicate to another soldier that I believe there is any other way to the Father except through Jesus Christ, nor will I communicate that I believe all religions are valid.  However, what I will do is protect their right to pursue those religious beliefs if they so choose.  If a soldier is a Muslim and they request to worship in the way that their god sees fit, who am I to attempt to control them?  It is like me going door to door witnessing and finding that one of the families at a random house are Satan worshipers.  Will I physically attempt to stop their worship?  No.  I will speak my peace, whatever that may be, and move on, and I will go and practice my freedom to worship Jesus Christ in my home.  If a Satan Worshiper comes to my door and attempts to persuade me to join “the dark side”, I will engage in a lively conversation with them, but will obviously decline.  If they burn my house down, or file a complaint against me, I would not be happy and would certainly feel wronged.  Why?  Because we have freedom both under God and under our constitution to do so.

 

Third:  How does the Golden Rule fit here?

Jesus said that “as you wish others to do to you, do so unto them.”[3]  The context of this verse is him citing several examples of people doing harm to a person yet that person repaying them with kindness instead.  It is about loving those who do not love you.  This is a reference to the New Commandment that Jesus gave in John 13:34-35 when he says, “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”  The love that Jesus talks about here is sacrificial.  It is one sided.  It hurts.  Jesus demonstrated how to do that love when He was tortured and crucified for a human race who had completely abandoned Him.  He had faith in the faithless.  Ultimately, he knew that there was nothing greater than love and He chose to pursue it even though no one appreciated it.  It was a concept at that point—nothing He was feeling!  Therefore, the golden rule is not about letting each other do what the other wants.  Would a Christian really ask a Muslim for the ability to worship God in their mosque?  Because that would be the comparable reverse here.  True love here would be lovingly not allowing a Muslim to worship in the Church that you own because you know that it is actually hurting them.  And if that person retaliates by hurting you, or killing you, you would love them in return for it.  If my daughter asked me if she could come to my church and worship Satan after the service was over, I would say “no” and I wouldn’t even hesitate.  Would I allow my son to host a gay orgy at the church on Saturday before the service?  No.  Why would the answer be different for anyone else?  Do we love others less than our own children?

[1] Hood, Jason B. (2011) “Muslims in Evangelical Churches: Does Loving Your Neighbor Mean Opening Your Doors to False Worship.” Christianity Today.Retrieved from http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2011/januaryweb-only/muslimsevangelical.html

 

[2] 2 Cor. 5:20 “Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. (ESV)
[3] Luke 6:31

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