Time to Demonstrate
I was appalled to learn that some group in the U.K. has declared today “Punish a Muslim Day” and sent fliers to incite people to join them. If that were not enough, they are awarding points for actions taken against Muslims. “Verbally abuse a Muslim” is worth 10 points. “Butcher a Muslim” is worth 500 points. And “Nuke Mecca” is worth 2500 points. If one wonders whether there is evil in the world, this bears witness to it.
This call follows on the heels of Easter. The day we celebrated the Resurrection of Jesus and the possibility of new life and new beginnings. This possibility is grounded in the all-encompassing, unending love of God. A love that transcends any divisions we may try to erect between us. If there is any action that Christians should take today, it is to love a Muslim. As it says in 1 John, “Whoever does not love does not know God, for God is love” (4:8).
We need to be a people who are ready to demonstrate. In places where there is hate, we need to demonstrate love. In places where there is violence, we need to demonstrate peace. In places where there is fear, we need to demonstrate faith. It’s time to take to the streets and demonstrate love to Muslims and all people… today and every day.