A New Conversation
Christ calls us to love God and love our neighbor as we love ourselves. But he doesn’t stop there. When Jesus was asked, “who is my neighbor?” he offered the parable of the Good Samaritan to show his followers that our neighbor may be of a different heritage, creed, or faith and is often the person we least expect.
In that spirit, we are committed to answering the call to love our Muslim neighbors, just as we love ourselves and our Christian neighbors. Rather than fall victim to a fear of the small minority of Muslims who perpetuate a radical violent version of their religion, we choose to practice a love toward our Muslim brothers and sister that drives out fear.
This type of radical love is not based on naivete about the realities of Islamic extremism; there is no denying that groups like ISIS, Al Shabaab, and Boko Haram continue to commit gross atrocities in the name of Allah and their Muslim faith. There is also no denying that the overwhelming majority of Muslims are horrified by the violence being perpetuated in the name of their religion, and that majority shares our desire to raise families in a peaceful world without fear of terrorist attacks.
In the interest pursuing Christ-like peace and bringing about a long-term end to Islamic extremist violence, we are committed to starting a new conversation with our mainstream Muslim neighbors.