I had a conversation recently with a Christian lady who had Muslim friends. Many of us have friends of other religions and I love that. In celebration of Ramadan, her friends have convinced her to join with them in a fast. For 30 days she is not to eat or drink anything while the sun is up. Once the sun goes down, she can eat or drink to her heart’s content. She was on day five.
I was curious to know why, as a Christian, she would choose to celebrate a Muslim holiday, but I did not have the chance to ask before others joined in and the conversation quickly shifted.
Thinking about this later, I wondered if perhaps she thought God and Allah were one in the same? Maybe you, too, see them as the same?
If yes, rather than me trying to point at differences, I will ask instead how well do you know our God? Well enough to have the mind of Christ (1 Corinthians 2:16; 2 Corinthians 4:4)? I hope to challenge you to become better acquainted with the God you claim to serve, and if you need help in getting started on that journey, ask me! To know Him is to know truth, light, love, and the real deal! It will bring you a clear understanding of the God who loved you enough to die for you.
“For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing. If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking. But when you ask him, be sure that your faith is in God alone. Do not waver, for a person with divided loyalty is as unsettled as a wave of the sea that is blown and tossed by the wind. Such people should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. Their loyalty is divided between God and the world, and they are unstable in everything they do.” – James 1:3-8 NLT