his real name). “So the moment we talk
about Jesus being the son of God without
explaining what that means, we’ve already
“Some Muslims think the Trinity has
Mary in it – father, mother and son. No
Christian would ever suggest that, but the
image gets reinforced.”
Muslims are often taught that Christians are immoral. Immigrant Muslims in
particular think of Canada as a Christian
country. And what they see actually take
place here only strengthens their resolve
How do we break through this kind of
misunderstanding? The answer is the same
as before. Christians must refuse the usual
model of preaching to Muslims while keeping them at arm’s length. We need to build
friendships deep and involved enough that
they see what following Jesus is really like.
Only then will the walls be broken down
between our communities.
ARE YOUNG PEOPLE
LEAVING YOUR CHURCH?
Miles recalls a Muslim woman once
telling him, “I thought everything I was
watching on Canadian TV was Christian,
until I met you.” How was her misperception corrected? Simply because over time
Miles and his wife had been intentional
about exposing their lives to her. This is
exactly what’s needed. “Let Christians
reach out by bringing Muslims into their
homes,” he says. “Not necessarily their
churches – first their homes.”
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The sad truth is that the Church in Canada has done a lamentable job at this kind
of welcoming. The way we “love” MBBs,
says Ahmad, is often to try and change
them into copies of ourselves – people
who act like us, dress like us, talk like us.
It fits what we think a Christian should
look like. But it’s utterly misguided, and
isolates MBBs from their own friends and
families. Ahmad recalls how in his first
five years of following Christ, he began
hating Muslims. He thought they were
evil until God changed his heart.
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MBBs are often trying to reconcile
two fundamental identities: their Muslim
background, and their new faith in Christ.
A new MBB is wondering, “How do I fit
in? How do I relate to the church? How
much of my own culture do I retain?” This