Last Friday, in the name of “religious unity,” several hundred Muslims gathered in the National Cathedral in Washington D.C. to pray. The Muslim call to prayer echoed off walls built in the name of Christ. There in God’s house, they spread prayer rugs on the floor and invoked the name of Allah.
The more I contemplate this, the more heartsick I become. Today as I looked at photos and read articles I felt as though I’d been punched in the gut. Think about this for just a moment:
Devoted followers of Mohammed recited Muslim prayers in the same sanctuary where a Cross hangs. And they were invited to do so.
This event is nothing short of sacrilege. By definition it’s idolatry – the worship of a false god. Franklin Graham put it like this:
It’s sad to see a church open its doors to the worship of anything other than the One True God of the Bible who sent His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, to earth to save us from our sins,” said Graham. “Jesus was clear when He said, ‘I am the way the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me’ (John 14:6).
I believe that in our communities, in our nation, and around the world we must work together with people of all faiths, races, and creeds. We must show love, respect, and kindness to all. But Christians cannot compromise on the Truth revealed in Jesus Christ. Especially in His Church.
There is but one Lord (1 Corinthians 8:6). And His name is Jesus. There is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved (Acts 4:12). Salvation is found in no one else. Jesus Christ is God Himself revealed to mankind (John 1:14).
To allow prayers to a false god in a Christian church is an act of idolatry. The event last Friday was an affront to our living God. And the leaders of the National Cathedral sanctioned it. Don’t think for a minute that the Muslims who prayed in the Cathedral are tolerant of our Christian belief that Jesus is Lord. They hold fast to this creed: “There is no god but Allah and Mohammed is his messenger.” On this they will not compromise.
If you think I’m making too much of this, maybe you should consider if you’re taking it too lightly. I feel strongly that Christians in America should take a stronger stand for Christ. The tide has turned in our country and we have a choice. We can drift with the current or we can hold fast to our Savior.