I have been asked to comment on this article.
The article raises a couple of interesting points. I will touch briefly on each one. Let me know if you want me to elaborate on any one point.
I too fear that Muslims speak of love, grace, ecumenism, democracy, etc. only when they are the minority, but when they become the majority suddenly sharia, persecution, honor killings, and dreams of a Caliphate begin. The essential question is whether or not such fears are rational or irrational.
When Jesus heard that John the Baptist had been killed, he withdrew by boat privately to a solitary place near Bethsaida.
The things that really matter aren’t nice homes, nice cars, nice amusement-parks, and nice restaurants. The important things in life are free. Love, a generous spirit, and a big hear: my wife and children and the unique love we enjoy every day.
The important things in life are received, not achieved. The greatest principal in the universe is grace. Special favor overrides every other principal, and when I look back at my life I thank God for the special favor He has shown me. Whether my wife, children, house, musical talents, divine appointments, etc. They were all received freely. In fact the only things I have not succeeded at in life are the things I have tried to achieve.
So sit back and enjoy God’s goodness. Not by might, not by power, but by His Holy Spirit.
Do not be anxious. Your darkness is as light to Me. Your pain is a fragrance of praise. Your tears I collect and wear as a necklace around My neck.
A simple yet deeply profound truth that we often miss is, it is better to turn on the light than to curse the darkness.
Imagine if all that time and energy that you poured into cursing the darkness had been spent on turning on the light, i.e. demonstrating the answer?
Having stayed now in the US for the past two months, I am coming to the conclusion that this nation suffered a severe trauma after the 9/11 terror attacks. People in general are severely damaged on a deep level in their souls. Many suffer from fear, anxiety, and despair. Others suffer from depression, suicidal thoughts, and accompanying sicknesses. And of course the division, polarization, and anger that has accompanied the fear is tangible. It is a wound in the soul. A wound that must be healed.
Jeff Goins wrote a great article on Apil 25, 2013 about the benefits of traveling. Here is an excerpt:
“The other night, I had a conversation with a young woman who had a number of decisions ahead of her, one of which was whether she should go to grad school or travel the world.
I told her to travel. Hands down. No excuses. Just go.
Never were more fatal words spoken:
Yeah, but… what about debt?
Yeah, but… what about my job?
Yeah, but… what about my boyfriend (or dog or car or whatever)?
What we believe about ourselves and others is important.
If you believe you are a world changer, you will act accordingly. If you believe you are a disgrace to humanity, you will act accordingly.