Some time ago, I received the following letter in response to a letter I sent out in which I asked people to pray for president Bush:
“From now on I will be praying with you for President Bush, his safety and that [he receives] spiritual wisdom from the Holy Spirit and according to His holy word. I know that president Bush is [a] born again Christian. Accordingly, I blame him because he has said many times that Islam is a religion of peace. He knows very well that it is not at all.”
The writer has stated something that I think is important in terms of president Bush’s role as both a Christian and a “center stage” political figure. As a Christian, his responsibility is to “speak the truth in love” (Ephesians 4:15) and to “worship God in Spirit and in Truth” (John 4:24). As the writer has stated, if president Bush really is a Christian (an assumption, as some believe that he is not), then he would (or should) know that Islam is not a religion of peace. Look at 9/11. Look at the suicide bombers. It is in the name of a god called “Allah” that all these occurred. This is not the God that we serve!
Jesus said, “But I say unto you, love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you.” (Matthew 5:44)
This, Islam does not teach. So, yes, the writer is correct that president Bush should not say these things.
The problem with him saying these things is that even though he (likely) doe not believe it himself, he is in effect promoting Islam as a viable choice for mankind by saying it is a religion of peace. In this he is missing an opportunity to influence others for Christ through his presidency. Now it is assumed he is a Christian. If he is not, my apologies, but that is the assumption by which I write. There are indeed some things he has done that make me question his understanding of Christianity, and the Bible (particularly as relates to dividing the land of Israel, which is a big “no no” in God’s eyes according to Scripture, e.g. Joel 3:2). Nevertheless, I am assuming he knows the Lord, but if not, that will have to be between him and the Lord for the sake of this article.
As a Christian, he does not have to say, “Islam is a religion of peace”. He should rather say something like, “I know that people everywhere, including Muslims, desire peace.” In this he would be speaking the truth in love. He would not be speaking to gain political points while at the same time doing harm to the kingdom of heaven.
Only time will tell, but do you not imagine that many lives trapped in the bondage of Islam (that could have been radically influenced for the better by a much better wording from president Bush) have now been further ensnared because of his sanction of Islam as being a “religion of peace” – something which he himself likely does not even believe? Political correctness strikes again.
May we never forget to pray for our leaders, that they make the right decisions, and have the right heart motivation in their leadership. This has the potential to affect many, many people.
“First of all, then, I urge that entreaties and prayers, petitions and thanksgivings, be made on behalf of all men, for kings and all who are in authority, so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity. This is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God, and one mediator also between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave Himself as a ransom for all, the testimony given at the proper time.” (1 Timothy 2:1-6)
Updated: Aug 7, 2015