Friday, August 5, 2016
Thousands of women and girls are murdered every year in Islamic honor killings around the world. If a woman or a girl behaves in a scandalous way or even if she is a victim of sexual assault or rape, her Muslim family often sees it as their responsibility to get rid of her. That way the family can have their “honor” restored! Usually it is the duty of a male family member to do the killing.
Studies show that family members normally do not accept any other alternative in their effort to remove the “stain on their honor.” They often see bloodshed as the only solution. However, if the woman’s or girl’s indiscretion remains hidden, it can be tolerated. As long as the actions do not bring dishonor, they are hushed and do not normally necessitate the honor punishment!
Great Messiah, you went to the cross for us! We are all sinners, fallen and full of imperfections. We all commit shameful acts.
Yet, in your mercy, you died to save us and give us new life. You took upon yourself all our sin, shame and stain! Thank you. Thank you for the cross. Thank you for this free redemption. It is free for us, but it cost you your life, your blood. Thank you for your grace.
I pray for those who are committing these atrocities. Stop them in their tracks. Visit them in your mercy, love and grace. Change their hearts. Bring them into your Kingdom. May they repent and mend their ways. May they be willing to put all at the foot of the cross, even their staunchly-held and well-guarded traditions.
I entreat you, Almighty God, our loving Father, to help Muslims who put their faith in Jesus understand the power of your forgiveness and grace. Fill them with compassion and love. In the mighty name of Christ, amen.
“When I bring you home from exile, you will be like a pleasing sacrifice to me. And I will display my holiness through you as all the nations watch” (Ezekiel 20:41, NLT).