There is no question that ISIS is evil. Yet, despite the temptation to dwell solely on this undeniable fact, we must remember two important points: ISIS army members were created in the image of the Triune God, and Christ suffered and spilled his blood so they could have the chance to truly know him.
What is happening today in the Middle East is not much different from what happened there in Jesus’ day. John was beheaded. “Crucifixion-style” executions had been perfected by the Romans and occurred often. Various insurrections bookended the one for which the Romans blamed Christ.
In reality, the Church Jesus began was birthed in a context of evil that emerged in all shapes and forms. The crucible of evil refines the Church and creates a strong, bright ray of light extending farther than before. It’s ironic but true. Knowing this, we need to boldly and earnestly pray for believers suffering at the hands of ISIS. As we read the Sermon on the Mount, we see the faithful members of God’s Church are blessed in the midst of persecution for the name of Christ.
As a staff, we are praying the Lord would draw to himself some of the most influential Muslim leaders and create a modern-day Saul-to-Paul transformation. Wouldn’t that be incredible?
Saul, who sought to destroy what Jesus built, later found himself willing to “be accursed for the sake of his wayward countrymen” who needed Christ’s saving power. The ability of the God we serve to change hearts is boundless!
We’re all grieved about the devastation caused by ISIS. However, our prayer is that out of these trying days in the Middle East, the Gospel will burst forth and brightly show the way by which many will be saved through the Good News of Jesus.
Please see: 10 Muslim Leaders you need to know (Joshua Project:IncontextMinistries)