Pondering How to Live Out This Verse

With Awareness Sunday taking place tomorrow, on the 10-year anniversary of the infamous 9/11, there is one verse I desire to focus in on tomorrow.

How do we live this out in our global world today?

If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. (Rom 12:18)

The ‘everyone’ in this verse does not simply refer to Christians in Rome. The context of vs17-21 quite clearly points to humanity in general.

And so, with Awareness Sunday arriving tomorrow, which has a focus of how Christians and Muslims can live peacefully in our global world today, I am desirous to consider more of how we can be followers of the Prince of Peace and bearers of the gospel of peace, all the while being graciously respectful to Muslims and not simply seeing them through the eyes of those who would participate in 9/11-type acts.

How can we live in peace, in shalom, with everyone, including Muslims, at least to the best of our ability in Christ?

I think Miroslav Volf has some stirring ideas.

One thought on “Pondering How to Live Out This Verse

  1. Praise the Lord. The best way is to get to know real Muslims. Read what they themselves have to say about their religion and its teachings. Read the Qur’an. There are a lot of misconceptions out there, and I frequently find myself explaining to non-Muslims what such things as prayer times, hijab and other Islamic religious practices do and do not mean, what the Qur’an does and does not say about various topics, especially Jesus. A lot of people would be surprised by the extent to which the Qur’an does agree with the Bible – especially if one reads it without reference to ‘tradition’. And that is just it: there are many different approaches to tradition and even Scripture in Islam, and they make a huge difference in the net result – the content of a given individual’s faith. And just like in Christianity, those who espouse one approach to tradition and Scripture do not necessarily approve of those who espouse other approaches. They may even regard each other as unbelievers. And it is very true that the differences can be sufficient to say that the two versions are in fact not the same faith (even if they have the same name). The trick to getting along is to acknowledge the difference and respect other people’s conscience – assume that everyone answers not to us, but to the Lord for their faith. Obviously, if someone else isn’t willing to do that as well, then we aren’t going to get along, but that’s where the ‘as far as it depends on us’ comes in. We have to leave the rest up to God, assume it’s between the other person and God.

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