“Train up a child in the way he should go,
Even when he is old he will not depart from it.” Proverbs 22:6
It has come to my attention that a representative from the Atlanta Islamic Center is scheduled to speak at Cartersville Middle School this week. I’m not exactly clear on the purpose of his visit, but I gather that he was invited as part of an educational initiative to teach students about different world religions. There are a lot of local residents, I understand, who are not very happy about this Muslim leader’s coming. Should they be upset with our school board?
This Islamic man isn’t coming to indoctrinate our children nor is he coming to lop off our heads. This man is coming to give a lecture on his religion. This man is coming to educate. I, for one, am glad he is coming. He’ll be speaking about an important topic.
I learned about Islam in my 7th grade social studies class. My social studies teacher taught a unit on Islam every year. She taught her students what the five pillars of Islam are, presented a short biography of Muhammad, and presented a history of his religion. We learned that he was a strict monotheist and that he expanded his influence by the threat of violence. We learned that there were millions and millions of Muslims out in the world and that Islam was an Abrahamic offshoot. Because my teacher also taught about the United States and our country’s history, we learned that an Islamic worldview and an American worldview conflicted.
One year, a disgruntled parent came to my school and complained that my teacher was “teaching kids how to be Muslims.” The principal laughed off this accusation. He knew the teacher to be a Christian woman. So did I. That teacher was my own mother, a devout Christian who has never been shy about sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ.
I am a better citizen of the world and a better apologist for Christ because I learned what Islam was at a young age. I’m glad to have learned about this influential world religion in school. My mom did her job as a social studies teacher and taught me and the rest of her students about the world. She also did her job as a parent and taught me about Jesus.
If you’ve taught your children about Jesus, you don’t have to worry about Islamic leaders coming to Cartersville Middle School. You can look forward to you children witnessing to that lost Muslim leader. The fact is that Islam already has a presence in Cartersville. There is an Islamic center near Wal-mart (You may have read in the newspaper about it being vandalized). Several Islamic families live here. I imagine many of them came to this country for freedom and opportunity.
Don’t be like that ignorant man who complained about my mother. I hope the citizens of this town won’t act like Islamic extremists and seek to suppress the voice of those of different religions in the public square. Our government has done the Christians of this town a favor. It is bringing in a lost person, a leader from the Islamic community that our children can interact with and to whom they can witness.
Parents, admonish them to do so. Don’t admonish the school board for trying to educate your kids. Let’s all pray for Jesus to be glorified and shared at Cartersville Middle School tomorrow.
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