August 13, 2010

Christians called to love Muslim neighbours

by David Masters

Church leaders in the US have urged Christians to love their Muslim neighbours as they would love themselves.

As the holy Muslim month of Ramadan began this week, the National Council of Churches of Christ in the USA said they are “troubled” by the number of Christians in the United States who are expressing intolerance towards Muslims.

“Christ calls us to ‘love your neighbour as yourself’,” The NCC said in a statement.

“It is this commandment, more than the simple bonds of our common humanity, which is the basis for our relationship with Muslims around the world. ”

The NCC also condemned “misguided” church groups attempting to stir up hatred towards Muslims.

“We decry the anti-Muslim actions and plans of many church leaders and members, such as those of the Dove World Outreach Center in the U.S.A.,” the NCC said.

“Misguided or confused about the love of neighbor by which Christ calls us to live, leaders and members of this church and others are engaged in harassment of Muslims, and in the planning of an ‘International Burn the Qur’an Day,’ to be held on September 11th.

“Such open acts of hatred are not a witness to Christian faith, but a grave trespass against the ninth commandment, a bearing of false witness against our neighbor.

“They contradict the ministry of Christ and the witness of the church in the world. “

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