Should Christians Lend Their Churches to Muslim Worshipers?
According to one Christian, they should:
In Alexandria, Va., a local Islamic center decided to build its own mosque. In the meantime, it asked the Aldersgate Methodist Church if it could use its building for Friday prayers.
"I feel like we are embodying Christianity by being welcoming," said Diane Bechtol, a member of Aldersgate Methodist....
Bechtol said she does not think sharing worship space compromises her faith.
"Jesus called us to give hospitality to strangers. To feed the poor and help the sick and this is walking the walk," she added.
But according to another, Christians should not lend their spaces to Muslim worshipers:
"It is not self-evident that this duty to love your neighbor requires us to provide property for false worship," said Jason B. Hood, a writer for Christianity Today.
Hood also pointed out that good works should not lead other believers to stumble.
In "Nomad," what I try to do is encourage other religions, especially Christianity, but also humanists, atheists, to take their ideas and values to the marketplace of ideas and try actively to convert the young demographic of Muslims on whose minds now only radical Islamic agents have a monopoly.
To Hirsi Ali, Christianity at its best has internalized several virtues that radical Islam shuns: open mindedness, tolerance, and a successful separation of political and religious power.
By lending their spaces to Muslim worshipers, Christians are certainly putting into practice several of those virtues, and more--something to celebrate, I think, don't you?