Part One: The Heart of a Jihadist
Youssef had just graduated from university and was returning to his home country in the Middle East. He had arrived in Europe eager to promote Islam and gain a western education. It was at university he first encountered sincere disciples of Jesus who were willing to share their beliefs and friendship with him. As his relationships with them grew, so did his curiosity about the Messiah. Youssef eventually gave his life to Christ and exchanged his radical views of fundamental Islam for the meekness of a risen Savior.
Now it was time for Youssef to move on. He was leaving Europe with a new education, but more importantly, a new purpose in life. Determined to share Christ with his family and friends, he had decided to return home. This concerned his Christian brothers and sisters greatly. Youssef’s father was a high-ranking political figure in his home country. As a child, Youssef had been invited to observe quietly as his father held important meetings in their home with men like Osama bin Laden.
Youssef’s Christian friends implored him not to go back and suggested other ways he might effectively share the Gospel. The risk was high, and they worried for his life.
Youssef looked at them squarely in the eye and said, “As a young boy, my mother sat me on her knee and stroked my hair as she whispered, ‘My son, one day you will strap a bomb to yourself and become a glorious hero for Allah.’ Since I was a child, I have been prepared to die for God. But now, I know the God I am dying for. His name is Jesus, and He died for me.
Part two is here:
It is important to protect communities we live in. The only way we can do that is to meet Muslims in our communities and share the Gospel with them. The Gospel will change their lives…
…Christians must resolve to move beyond the anger and fear incited by the media and obey the command of Jesus who said, “…go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age,” (Matthew 28:19-20).
Abundant life does not mean you live in the United States of America or own a fancy car. It means you have been saved, forgiven, and the Holy Spirit is guiding you throughout your life.
As Christians, we can invite the Muslims in our communities to enter this abundant life through Jesus the Messiah.