Our Ways Are NOT His Ways
Looking out at the calm Mediterranean Sea, it is not immediately apparent that dangerous conflicts are just below the surface… in the ocean of ideas and philosophies of men. Just as 200,000 rockets threaten tiny Israel, flaming arrows of deceit threaten Western Christianity, striking at the heart of the Believers. In an attempt to be culturally acceptable, Christians are embracing some of the wildest ideas ever, with not-unexpected wild results of confusion and division.
One of the beautiful mandates laid upon us by the Lord is that of repairing the world. In Hebrew thought, it is called “tikkun olam” and implies that we are to leave the world in a better state than we found it. We should be a living manifestation of the goodness of God, and through our lives be a blessing to this world.
While we were in Israel during the spring of 2012 filming a series on Abraham, those verses (Genesis 12:1–3) came alive to me. In them, God revealed that the children of Abraham, both natural and spiritual, would be a blessing to all the families of the Earth.
Certainly the greatest blessing has been the coming of the Jewish Messiah, Yeshua. Beyond that, the natural seed of Abraham has also blessed the world through science, medicine, technology, art, and music.
We are at our best when we remain connected to the roots of our faith, and the Scripture is the clearest way to stay close to God. His thoughts are on every page of this most unusual Book. When we attempt tikkun olam apart from the Word of God, we become vulnerable to human reasoning and what I call “sympathy spirit,” which produces a kind of “hippie love” instead of Holy love!
This is peaking in our day in the form of “Chrislam”—an incredible syncretizing of Christianity and Islam. Some Christian leaders are trying to promote a Gospel that embraces Islam. While the God of Israel will willingly embrace any Muslim who comes to Him, He does not embrace Islam. And…
The god of Islam is NOT the same as the God of the Bible
Nowhere in His Holy Scriptures does the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob identify Himself as the moon god of the Arabian desert! The character of Allah is not the personality of one who believes in intimacy and relationship, which is the fervent desire of Jehovah, the God of the Bible. Jehovah is constantly seeking intimacy with us.