A Muslim, A Christian, And A Jew

It was late on a Sunday afternoon last August.  Somehow the three of us — Ammar, Menachem, and I – met for the first time on top of a high balcony in Al-Quds (Jerusalem).  All of us were trying to gain a higher vantage point from which to get a better view of the amazing and famously picturesque Dome of the Rock, Al-Aqsa Mosque, and Western Wall.  But I know it was more than just “coincidence” that brought us together in the midst of the Old City!  As adherents of the three monotheistic religions, I believe it was a “God-incidence”  that caused our paths to cross on that late summer afternoon.  What a great time we had talking about our faiths – what we have in common and. . .what we don’t.  All in the context of mutual respect.  No hint of fear, or anger, or even anxiety.  We were truly listening to each other.  We were “building bridges.”  

So. . .why another blog?  Everyone has one, right?  Honestly, a desire to start this blog was birthed in my heart a year ago – a desire to see Muslims and Christians come together (maybe our Jewish friends too).  It is a desire to see many others around the globe do just what Ammar, Mehachem, and I began to do in that place sacred to all of us (Jerusalem): “to build bridges of friendship, trust, and understanding.”  

In this blog, my sincere hope is that you will read and respond – both to me and to each other.  Let me begin by saying that I am not an expert in anything.  Rather, I hope to speak from my heart about topics that I think will create interest, thought, and real change in how we view one another and how we interact with one another.  My desire is that Muslims and Christians will use this forum to have heart-to-heart conversations with one other and with me.

Will you join me in this great and needed purpose in our world today – to build bridges of friendship, trust, and understanding between Muslims and Christians?

Whether you name is Muhammad or Matthew, I would love to hear short accounts of your bridge-building experiences with members of the other faith.  Whether your name is Fatima or Faith, I would treasure the opportunity to hear a few of your thoughts as well.  Whether you live in the Middle East or the Midwest, whether you live in Indonesia or Indiana, please feel welcome here and please share what is in your heart!

Let’s enjoy this bridge-building journey together.  And let’s do it with respect, sincerity, and honesty. 

So I end this second ever post on ilovemuslims.net with questions for you.                      

To my Muslim friendsWhat are you doing to “build bridges of friendship, trust, and understanding” with Christians?                                                 

To my Christian friendsWhat are you doing to “build bridges of friendship, trust, and understanding” with Muslims?

Please share your thoughts and experiences!

 

A Blog Is Born: ilovemuslims.net

Today, the first day of 2012, a dream is fulfilled: the launching of a blog which I hope will be a small step forward in bringing Muslims and Christians together!  My deep desire is to see us talk with each other — heart to heart, not head to head.  Head to head conversations become debates with winners and losers.  Heart to heart conversations create bridges of friendship strong enough to bear the weight of people speaking openly and honestly.  Don’t we need more of that in a world in which many (not all) Christians and Muslims harbor inner fears – or even animosity – toward one another?

Whenever you look at this blog, note that it has 4 purposes:

  1. Building Bridges of Friendship, Trust, & Understanding Between Muslims &  Christians
  2. Tearing Down Walls of Suspicion, Fear, Anger, & Prejudice
  3. Planting Seeds of Peace in a World of Conflict & Violence                                 
  4. Inspiring Dialogue of Faith Issues Using Honesty, Sincerity, & Mutual Respect

Would you join me in learning and listening?  This is not a forum to preach at each other.  This is a forum to talk with each other through the replies and threads.

Watch for blogs about once a week but the next one will be much sooner!