In the light of 9/11, the recent Ft. Hood attack and other terrorist attacks the world over, it may be time to compare a radical Islamist with an average Christian in the United States today.
The average Christian feels it is a great sacrifice to rise out of bed early on Sunday morning to attend church services ( no mention will be given here to Sunday evening or mid-week services).
The radical Islamist does not think it a sacrifice, but thinks of it as a service to his god, to die in the process of killing as many infidels as he can find.
The average Christian would not be caught dead telling a co-worker the gospel at the workplace.
The radical Islamist will conduct a power point presentation to his colleagues about the conflict between the job and his religion, all the while explaining what problems could occur because of this clash.
The average Christian will pray when he does not know what else to do.
The radical Islamist will pray five time a day at set times regardless of circumstance or location.
The average Christian will occasionally, if ever, read his Bible. Most religious reading is through devotionals or books that are designed to make one feel better.
The radical Islamist will memorize large portions of the Koran. If Arabic is not the original tongue of the radical Islamist he will learn the language so he may be able to study the Koran in its original writings.
In this comparison is one of these individuals more committed to his God than the other?
The God of the Christians commands His people to serve in a local church, tell people the gospel, to pray without ceasing and to study the scriptures. Many Christians, if they do any of these, do them half-heartedly.
Radical Islamists are commanded by their god to convert the infidel at all cost even under the threat of death. Death, then, is often the premature end result of the infidel.
The radical Islamist will kill because he believes god has commanded him to do so.
The average Christian will roll over and go back to sleep on Sunday morning regardless of what his God has said.
This is not a call for Christians to go out and kill the infidels. It is a wake up call that if Christians were more faithful to their churches, more diligent in their prayer life, more devoted to study the scriptures and more loving toward the infidels to proclaim to them the good news of the gospel of the One and Only True God. The God of the Christians may have prevented this most recent act of terror. Does not God tell his people, “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” (2 Chron. 7:14)?