Tuesday, March 28, 2006

What does this arabic writing make you think?
What does it make you feel? Think about your reaction to me putting this on a blog of a Christian Community. Does it make you angry?

Now if I told you that this was the opening lines of the book of John, 'In the beginning was the Word and the Word was God and the Word was with God...' What do you feel now?

Why have I posted this? Well mainly that the Islamophobia in our country and some churches is creating quite a stench. Some more extreme forms of the Church have actually joined forces with the BNP, so I have felt it important to raise this issue.

As a Christian, I believe that Jesus loved people, and loved all cultures. Within arabic islamic cultures, God is present, and it is our call to live out the Good News of the Kingdom of God as love, not hate or violence. So the symbol, stands for the love of God in an Islamic arabic context, so we should love it also. If we are committed to a gospel inspired mission, then we are called to live by the rules of the Kingdom of God, and not of racism, fear and violence. So rather than seeing Islam and arabic culture as a threat, we should seek to love our neighbour.

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