Mosques? What would Jesus do?
Last night, in our community, over 20 people stood in line to voice opposition to the building of a Muslim Mosque here in our community. Many cited the verse in John where Jesus was described as God’s only begotten son. A prominent minister in town said that “We have a duty investigate anyone under the banner of Islam.” Not a single person spoke in favor of the Mosque. I admit that I was not there so my voice was not heard. And I want to rectify that here.
As I read this in the paper this morning, I kept wondering what Jesus would have said about all of this. He gave us instructions to love one another as ourselves. He gave us the example of our neighbor being those who we have rejected and ostracized. It confuses me how such division can be excused in the name of Christianity when the entire Gospels are about love and inclusivity.
This is not to negate what is happening in the world and what some extreme radicals are doing in the name of Islam but it is no different then what extreme Christians or extreme Jews are doing in the name of their God. We don’t paint broad strokes over the entire religion based on the brokenness of a few human beings.
I wonder how different things would be if we responded in love. What if we welcomed our Muslim brothers and sisters with open arms and supported them in their quest for peaceful serviceable living? Would it reduce the need to fight? And what if we are harmed because we showed loved instead of hatred? Is that not the true nature of who and what we are? Is that not what Jesus’ example was all about? Can one truly be harmed when coming from the essence of our being which is love and oneness? Love is more powerful than fear and when practiced will ultimately dissolve fear into itself. This is what we can trust and know.