Ramadan Day 8- Gentleness
Following is an excerpt from an interview with Brother Andrew in the Dutch Magazine Revival in Dec 2008. “But one thing is certain,” he says, “peace won’t come from the political line in the West. Instead, it’s more important to find the cause of the problem. And how do you do that? By establishing contact with people who are thinking in an isolated way, and because of this, are becoming further removed from normal society. “You have to talk to the Taliban, to Hamas and to Islamic Jihad. Open Doors does this. We don’t talk about politics, but about the program of the Lord Jesus. We are not serving a political ideology, but the Body of Christ and the Kingdom of God. At this time, it seems as if you must choose between warring parties. We don’t do that. We put our finger on the only real problem; the problem of sin. A few years ago, a Christian psychologist said to me, ‘If we could convince the people in the psychiatric institutions that their sins are forgiven, fifty percent of them could go home.’ I think he was right. The problem is sin. “Instead, we go with the Bible and a message of hope to people who are our enemies, and resolve to love them. For this is what Jesus told us to do, ‘Love your enemies; pray for those who persecute you.’ And what happens then…? Suddenly, they are not your enemies anymore, but your friends.” STAND “ONE WITH THEM” On a map, locate the countries that are in turmoil; Syria, Yemen, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Egypt, Libya, to name a few. Draw crosses over these countries, and pray for its’ leaders and citizens to be filled with love and gentleness toward one another. PRAY “ONE WITH THEM” Father, during the Ramadan season, we ask that You help all of us to “love our neighbors.” May Your Spirit of gentleness and love be revealed through us to those who are seeking Your truth. Amen.