A Mosque in Joplin, MO recently burned down possibly due to arson. The St. Louis Post-Dispacth reported that churches in Joplin joined together to support a Mosque that burned down.1 Not only did churches come together to support the burned Mosque, but the article states that they will participate in an Islamic spiritual practice – iftar.
They’ll be taking part in an “iftar,” which is a meal to break a fast during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.
What if a Mosque burned down in your town and your church was pressured to help? Several churches in your town, civic groups and individuals have come together to support the Mosque with their time and finances. The overwhelming support for the displaced Muslims is no secret since the papers run stories weekly about the situation.
Various community leaders, including those from other churches, have called and sent letters asking for your church’s support. Your church was even mentioned in a newspaper story which stated that it was one of the only churches in the area that has not publicly declared support for the Mosque rebuilding efforts. After the news report, calls have flooded the church asking for support.
Finally, a congregational meeting. The Mosque issue is practically forced into discussion at the meeting. Church publicity is weighing more toward the negative than the positive. Many public leaders are saying the Mosque was burned as a hate act so Christians should show the love of Christ by giving their time and money to help the rebuild.
What is your reply during the church meeting?
- Send money and gather a team of volunteers to help.
- Organize a public forum to discuss why not to get involved using the gospel.
- Stay silent and ignore the questions.
- Participate in iftar if the Muslims agree to be baptized.
- Joplin churches gather for Islamic community. stltoday.com ↩