I don’t pray that Islam vanishes because Muslims are beyond redemption. I pray it because they are not.
Those of us who follow the Lord Jesus should pray that Islam disappear. That it be removed from the face of the earth.
In proclaiming the worship of a false god, it leads people away from the real one. And when it forces people (or tries) to worship a false god, it combines oppression with idolatry.
Jeremiah 10 begins this way:
”Hear the word that the Lord speaks to you, O house of Israel. Thus says the Lord: ‘Learn not the way of the nations, nor be dismayed at the signs of the heavens because the nations are dismayed at them, for the customs of the peoples are vanity… Their idols are like scarecrows in a cucumber field, and they cannot speak; they have to be carried, for they cannot walk. Do not be afraid of them, for they cannot do evil, neither is it in them to do good.”
And it ends this way:
”Pour out your wrath on the nations that know you not, and on the peoples that call not on your name, for they have devoured Jacob; they have devoured him and consumed him, and have laid waste his habitation.”
So we see the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, the God who both sent and is Jesus Christ, condemn the worship and love of fake non-gods. And we also see Jeremiah plead for the true God to take vengeance on those who oppress those who do love the one true God.
It doesn’t matter if that idol-worshipping oppression takes the form of an atheistic European intellectual like Vladimir Lenin, a militant Muslim leader, or a fake or abusive Christian leader who leaves the Gospel to prop up his ego, it is condemned by God. And so we should pray, like Jeremiah, for it to end wherever it is.
Two hundred girls were abducted in Nigeria for attending a Christian school by members of the Nigerian Muslim group Boko Haram.
Almost of all of those who claim Christ in Iraq have fled since the country fell into turmoil at the end of the last decade and as ISIS has taken control of a large portion of the country.
The Voice of the Martyrs recently listed 13 countries where Christians are threatened with physical violence or expulsion by Islamic groups.
I have no interest in defending past sinful persecution enacted in the name of Christ. Sinful persecution is sinful persecution. But what goes on now when ISIS beheads people or when Christians in Iraq, Syria, and Egypt are forced to leave their homes is persecution done not only wickedly but in the name of a god who is no god. And if we ignore it, if we pretend it does not need to be stood against with the prayers of the saints and the blood of our testimonies, then we are denying the evil of violent idol worship. We are denying the wickedness of a sin virtually all of God’s prophets leading up to our Lord condemned.
And we are denying deceived Muslims, and yes even the militant deceivers, their only hope.
We cannot say honestly that we love those who hate God if we are too afraid to tell them.
We are all sinners who deserve the wrath of the good and pure God. We deserve no way out, but He has given us one.
The only hope of a 17-year-old kid in Milwaukee, Wisconsin is also the only hope of a Muslim cleric in Riyadh: That hope is Jesus Christ. And He “made the world and everything in it, being Lord of heaven and earth, [and he] does not live in temples made by man, nor is he served by human hands, as though he needed anything, since he himself gives to all mankind life and breath and everything. And he made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined allotted periods and the boundaries of their dwelling place, that they should seek God, and perhaps feel their way toward him and find him” (from Acts 17).
As He told His disciples, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you had known me, you would have known my Father also” (from John 14).
Jesus offers Himself to the world. The wicked and violent world. If we don’t live with a desire for or pray for the lies of Islam and Hinduism and atheism and all other false worships to stop blinding those in darkness, then we are living as though Jesus is no light at all.
And we are living as though those lost in the harsh and violent night need nothing but some blind guides and good luck in order to see.