Friday, March 4, 2022
The good church which we had been attending for many years changed pastors. The new leader thought it would be good to sell the expensive property and move somewhere else. I was concerned that the Muslim center across the street might buy the church building. Financially, they were capable. But they did not buy it.
However, the business that did buy it rented a good portion of it to a Muslim Training Institute. My bad dream became a reality. Next, the cross that had been erected on a tall pillar, visible from the freeway, came down.
I realize that buildings consist of only bricks and wood. But they are important symbols. We shall worship Christ the Lord with or without them. Yet, unchurched people who pass by are affected negatively since they are lost in sin and do not know much about any religion. Many of those who have no clues about their Christian heritage will think it is okay to become Muslim.
Compassionate Father in heaven, although we do not hold tightly to symbols, we realize that a church turned into an Islam-propagating center represents a defeat in the eyes of the world around us.
I pray for all parties involved in this and similar transactions. Open their eyes to see Christ crowned King over all kings and Lord over all lords. May they run to you by faith.
I pray for all mosques and Islamic centers that were originally places of worship to Jesus. May we see the time come soon when the prayers lifted up in those churches years or generations ago are answered. May the name of Jesus Christ be glorified even now in these Islamic centers.
For the sake of Christ, your Son, my Lord. Amen.
Build me an altar… and I will come and bless you in every place where my name is honored (Exodus 20:24, SAB).