Tuesday, December 9, 2008
An amazing display of faith
I know many of my readers are profoundly suspicious of the Muslim faith, following the actions of terrorists of that persuasion in many parts of the world. It's hard to persuade people that there are untold millions of Muslims who aren't that way inclined at all. Indeed, I probably wouldn't be alive today if it weren't for Muslim friends who got me out of a hot spot on more than one occasion.
I've often said that if most Christians tried to live their faith as sincerely as most Muslims, the Christian world would not today be, effectively, the post-Christian world! Our society has lost its focus, and the result is the social anarchy and decay we see all around us.
At the moment the annual Muslim pilgrimage, the Hajj, is under way in Saudi Arabia. Take a look at these pictures from the Daily Mail, showing the tent city at Mina, outside Mecca. (Click the pictures for a larger view - it's worth it.)
Think of the millions of pilgrims living here, in fierce desert heat, crowded together . . . but no-one's complaining. They're there because their faith requires it of them.
Here we see the pilgrims circling the Kaaba, the most sacred site in Islam.
What would it take to get Christians to demonstrate their faith in such a public fashion, year in, year out?
Makes you think, doesn't it?