This past Wednesday, I got to see God’s answer to Islam.
At Highview Baptist Church in Louisville, KY, I witnessed 34 new missionaries being commissioned by Southern Baptists to carry the fame and name of Jesus the Christ to the peoples of the world.
Though I did not keep a formal tally, I’m estimating well over half of those missionaries said they were headed to Muslim peoples in Central, East and Southeast Asia, as well as various Muslim nations of Africa. Some of the missionaries were young couples with children. Some were older. Some were former businessmen and farmers. One even grew up as a Muslim in an Islamic nation, only to be driven from that country by war. Upon landing in Europe, she met her future husband, who began sharing the gospel with her. Jesus changed her life and now the two of them are headed back to her Muslim people to make His glory known and treasured!
This is God’s answer to Islam: Men and women with the flame of Holy Spirit God in their hearts taking the good news of Jesus to those who have never heard. The redeemed of God in Christ willing to go and give and do whatever their Sovereign Lord asks of them. Christians.
Political solutions will come and go. And we can debate those freely, at least for now, in America. But one thing we who love Christ surely must agree on is that the ultimate answer to the worship of false gods, whatever those gods be called and where ever those gods be named, is the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.
And this answer, this response, is the one we must crave and cry out to God for in desperation:
For You, Lord, are good and ready to forgive, and abundant in lovingkindness to all who call upon You . . . There is no one like You among the gods, O Lord, nor are there any works like Yours. All nations whom You have made shall come and worship before You, O Lord, and they shall glorify Your name. For You are great and do wondrous deeds; You alone are God (Psalm 86:5-10).