When Susan, my youngest daughter, was in high school we hosted a foreign exchange student from Istanbul, Turkey, for eight months. Years later I received an email blast from a friend about honoring the Muslim religion on a postage stamp… “If we use the stamp, it will not show honor to those fighting in Afghanistan or Iraq.” I wanted to jump through the monitor and tell him my story of spending a good share of a year as the host mother of a wonderful young Muslim man. How we went to Istanbul and visited his family and interacted with many more Muslims.
With the constant war with terrorist groups professing to be Muslims, it is no wonder people live in fear of Muslims. All I could say in response to the email was, “Do you eat in German restaurants? Do you refrain from making Southern fried chicken? How about Mexican food–all these areas had been battle grounds at one time.
I find it sad when one does not open his or her mind and become a student of other religions to understand their faith. The Muslims I know love God, observe the same laws, and think Jesus is a great guy. Through our loving relationship, some day they might even accept him as their savior, too.
Dear Lord, help us not to hear and fear, but look and see. Amen.