My friend Amir is a marked man. I can't even use his real name because Muslim extremists in his native Pakistan want to kill him.
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Last month while Muslims were burning churches and murdering Americans in the Middle East to protest a low-budget film about Islam, I spent a few days with Amir, who attends Bible college in the United States. Raised a Presbyterian, Amir's belief in Jesus puts him in the minority in Pakistan.
Amir has seen anti-Christian violence erupt in his country many times. When he was a boy, a classmate boasted of starting a fire that burned an entire Christian town. In 2010 terror hit the city of Faisalabad when two pastors were accused of blaspheming Muhammad. Assassins shot and killed both pastors while police watched.
In August of this year a Christian girl in Pakistan was arrested and accused of desecrating a copy of the Quran--a capital offense under Islamic law. Later, after a Muslim cleric was arrested on charges of framing the girl, local Muslims continued to call for her death--along with anyone who defended her. One Muslim from the girl's village was quoted by reporters as saying: "Pour petrol and burn these Christians!"
I interviewed my friend Amir to gain insight into how Americans should view this growing conflict. He put things into perspective with these three points:
1. Realize that God is moving in powerful ways in Islamic countries. Despite the violence we hear about daily, all the news is not negative. Muslims are coming to know Jesus--often because of supernatural demonstrations of the Holy Spirit. Amir's family witnessed a miracle in 2005 when his younger sister was healed of total blindness. They began attending a Pentecostal church and now have helped plant three congregations.
Reports of church growth, conversions and evangelism campaigns are not aired on network television, but they are widespread--in Iran, Pakistan, Turkey and other Islamic nations. "It is true that a lot of Muslims want to learn about Christianity," Amir says.
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SOURCE: Charisma News
J. Lee Grady