One of the most common questions I get asked is whether I think Muslims want to take over America. Are they really coming in order to control the school systems, local government positions, and the White House? Or are they normal people who won't bother us after all? The implied question within the question is essentially - do I have to do anything about this potential "problem" or can I breathe easy?
When it comes right down to it there are two common answers and accompanying responses. One, if Muslims are going to take over, then we need to do something about it and fast. The knee-jerk reaction to this usually tends along the lines of immigration reform whereby the 'what to do' becomes 'restrict the amount of Muslims which will enter our country.' The other response comes with the supposition that they are not, after all, planning on taking over. The typical reaction which accompanies this thought is a great big sigh of relief.
Neither answer, however, is correct. Let me propose a completely different thought than those stated above. I propose that Muslims already have "taken over." Let's look at a few facts. There are Muslims on school boards and in prominent positions within the education system throughout America. The religion of Islam and its ideologies are being taught in the Common Core - the nationwide, Whitehouse-approved, federally mandated curriculum. Muslims are in all levels of politics including the Whitehouse (and I'm not referring to the common suggestion regarding our President here). In terms of take-over, they've already done a pretty good job.
The problem with this supposition for many people is that neither the political knee-jerk reaction nor the reaction of relief is applicable. So what should our reaction be? "Grass roots" gospel activism! Taking action at the "grass roots" level is necessary and required if we are to assert the right to desire any lasting change within the temper of American Muslim society. We cannot simply bemoan the loss of Judeo-Christian ethics from the moral fiber of America. Declaring 'woe is us' after hearing the latest news story of ill morals displayed in our school system is not enough! Feeling 'bad' for the thousands suffering in Syria and Iraq is not enough! We must, of necessity, act.
Many Muslims are becoming disillusioned with Islam. They figure, if ISIS is a true representation of what it means to worship Allah, they would rather not. Muslims are seeking truth like never before. Many long for hope which they have not gained from Islam. And do you know what they are finding? Atheism. Buddhism. Agnosticism. Secularism. Materialism.
"Why is this?" you ask.
Dear Christian, a Muslim cannot receive the hope of Christ if we are not willing to go out and give it to them; if we are not willing to do the uncomfortable and at least try to share the gospel. How did you get saved, dear Christian? Undoubtedly someone at some point decided to share with you the precious hope-filled and life-giving words of the gospel. Imagine - if no one had shared with you the precious news because they were uncomfortable or afraid of offending you! How dreadful your life would be today! Thousands of Muslims are living in this place, hoping and searching but never finding, never hearing.
We must act!
Spend time upon your knees interceeding for the lost and dying of the Muslim world. Then take that oh-so uncomfortable step into the unknown and reach out to a Muslim neighbor. Individuals, you are needed to make a change. I can't do it for you, your church can't to it for you, you must do it for you. There will be no lasting change without the commitment to make it happen. So let's be committed. Starting in our own "Jerusalem" let's commit to pray for and share the gospel with Muslims! Will you commit to do this with me? Don't just watch others; take it into your own hands! Will you pray for an opportunity to talk to a Muslim and share the gospel?
My friend, take this challenge: talk to one. One Muslim by the end of the year. If we each start by talking to one, the entire world can be changed.