Reaching Muslims with the love of Christ is no longer just the job of Christians who travel the world. It is now the job of the local church in Hometown USA, as it reaches out to its community.
Ten years ago, sharing God’s Love with Muslims was something that Christians did in places like Africa or Asia. We would pray for them over there as they served in many ways, but saw little fruit.
But our world has certainly changed since then. As we enter 2018, you are more likely than ever to have a Muslim neighbor, classmate or coworker. In North America, over three million Muslims call the United States or Canada home. According to Pew Research, that number is expected to grow to 8.1 million by 2050.
It’s true: some of the Muslims in North America support or condone some form of violent jihad. However, most have come to free the economic, political and religious oppression of their country of origin.
And Jesus didn’t die on the cross and rise again for Christians alone. He also heroically sacrificed Himself for all Muslims, all who receive His gift. When we share God’s love with Muslims, they can choose to receive His salvation and know God as a friend.
Here are 3 lesser-mentioned tips to help you share God’s Love with your Muslim friend.
1. Focus on what you have in common
Christians have more in common with Muslims than they do with Atheists or other non-believers.
You don’t have to convince a Muslim that God exists. He not only believes it with all of his heart, but he lives his life in reverent fear of the Creator of the Universe.
He believes in all the prophets of the Bible and acknowledges that the Torah, the Psalms and the New Testament are the Word of God. When troubles come into his life, he prays to God for help.
He even believes that Jesus was born of a virgin, performed miracles, and lived a sinful life!
Of course, there are a lot of serious differences between Islam and Christianity. For example, Islam teaches that Jesus was not crucified, that the Bible has been mistranslated by Christians.
But we will never convince them of the truth of the Word of God through arguments, witnessing monologue and heated debate. In fact, this will cause their guard to go up so that they are even less open to the Gospel.
Talk about what you have in common. And when the time is right, always be ready to satisfy each one who asks you to explain the faith and hope that is in you. (1 Peter 3:15, MWNT)
2. Treat Muslim friends like you want to be treated
Jesus gave us the golden rule in Luke: Do to men (and women) the same sort of things which you want them to do to you. (Luke 6:31, MWNT).
In many ways, Muslims are just like us. They want peace and provision in their home. When their kids are healthy and doing well in school, they are happy.
Most struggle with a sense of their own sinfulness and long for a personal relationship with God as loving Father. Their religion holds no assurance of Heaven for themselves or their beloved family members.
If ever you don’t know how to appropriately share the Love of Christ with your friend, imagine what it would be like for you to live in your Muslim friend’s situation. What would it be like to live where they live, or to work where they work?
What would you like someone to do for you?
Well, with the help of God’s Holy Spirit, this is what we can do to bless our Muslim neighbor. But as we do…
3. Be aware that their family and community is watching
Unless your Muslim friend is alone and without a phone, they are being watched by their family and the Muslim community nearby.
In many homes, if a brother sees you spending time with your Muslim friend, the father is sure to hear about it. Then, at the right moment, your friend will receive a barrage of questions: “What were you discussing? What were you doing? What is his religion?”
And even if their family lives a continent away, the questions will come from the Imam of the mosque.
So treat your Muslim friend with the love Jesus gives you. When they trust you to keep their secrets, they will confide in you when the time is right.
You don’t have to know anything about Islam to share the Love of Christ with your Muslim friend. All you need is a God-given love in your heart, and a willingness to speak of your eternal hope when you have the chance.
I would love to help you with any questions you may have about sharing the Love of Christ with the Muslims in your life! Please let us know how we can help.