I’m Back

I know. I have been gone a long time. Life sometimes has a way of being filled with interruptions. It’s all good and much better than the alternative.

Words written by Franklin Graham on his Facebook page recently triggered something in me and I just needed to write. I wrote my thoughts in a public post on my Facebook page but want to share them here also. Before I copy in my post, let me preface it with this quote:

The best way to compel weak minded people to adopt our opinion, is to frighten them from all others, by magnifying their danger.  (Philip Dormer Stanhope)

And now my comments…

This was posted by Franklin Graham on July 18, 2015:

Four innocent Marines (United States Marine Corps) killed and three others wounded in ‪#‎Chattanooga yesterday including a policeman and another Marine–all by a radical Muslim whose family was allowed to immigrate to this country from Kuwait. We are under attack by Muslims at home and abroad. We should stop all immigration of Muslims to the U.S. until this threat with Islam has been settled. Every Muslim that comes into this country has the potential to be radicalized–and they do their killing to honor their religion and Muhammad. During World War 2, we didn’t allow Japanese to immigrate to America, nor did we allow Germans. Why are we allowing Muslims now? Do you agree? Let your Congressman know that we’ve got to put a stop to this and close the flood gates. Pray for the men and women who serve this nation in uniform, that God would protect them.

I cannot and will not tolerate the assumption that because one is Muslim, he or she is or will become radicalized. I will not allow judgments to be placed on a group of people because they believe differently than I do. I will not allow what happened to the Japanese and the Germans in the wake of World War II to happen again. I follow Jesus! I do not walk in fear but in love.

Jesus came to live and die for Muslims, too. They may not know it yet, but that doesn’t change anything. The Jesus way does not foster fear but insists on love. Mr. Graham does a grave injustice to the cause of Christ by his statements. I cannot and will not support him in this.

Yes, please pray for our armed forces but also pray that we do not become what we say we despise. Pray against the spirit of fear in this nation and those who promote that fear. Pray for those who do promote and instigate acts of terrorism. Pray that all who are Christians would be lights in the darkness of the world and instruments of healing. Pray that we would become more like Jesus in all we say and do.