Two Houses

Friday, May 19, 2017

Islam divides up the world into two camps: the House of Islam and the House of War. Muslims believe they belong to the House of Islam, the place where peace dominates. Non-Muslims allegedly belong to the House of War, a place where war is waged against “infidels” to subjugate them to Islam and convert them by force to the Muslim religion.

A Muslim writer who was educated in the United States says, “Islam knows only two societies [in the world], a Muslim society and a pagan non-Muslim society.”[1]

The House of Islam is a community united by Muslim beliefs, Muslim laws (Sharia), and Muslim observances and goals. In that house there is to be no separation between state and religion. Rather, the state is the patron and guardian of religion.

Prayer

Merciful Father, your Word tells us that we, your Church, are God’s temple, that God’s Spirit lives in us (1 Corinthians 3:16; Hebrews 3:6), and that we belong to Jesus, the Prince of Peace. However, Muslims view themselves as part of a different structure—a “House of Peace” that is at war with non-Muslims. Their “house” is not built on Jesus Christ, the sure foundation and chief cornerstone (1 Corinthians 3:11; Ephesians 2:20), the One who gives true peace (John 14:27).

I pray for Muslims, that by your Holy Spirit you will draw them to the cross of Jesus to place their faith in him and acknowledge him as their Lord and Savior.

Grant them, before it is too late, to abandon the house that the foolish man built on sand (Matthew 7:24-27). May they, through the power of the blood of Jesus, become “a holy temple… a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit” (Ephesians 2: 21-22). “And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in … [their] hearts” (Colossians 3:15). For Jesus’ sake. Amen.

Promise

You have come to Mount Zion, to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to countless thousands of angels in a joyful gathering. You have come to the assembly of God’s firstborn children, whose names are written in heaven (Hebrews 12:22-23, NLT).

Footnotes

[1] Sayyed Qutb. Landmarks on the Road (Cairo: Shoroq, 1991), p. 150-151.

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