Why Ramadan Matters to Christians

RamadanLast night, my wife Janny and I had the honor of sharing a table with a gathering of local Muslim’s for an Iftar meal. It is currently Ramadan, which means the Muslim community around the globe fasts everyday day from sunrise to sunset. No food. No water. No tobacco. No sex. Each night they have a celebration feast to break their daily fast called the Iftar meal. It is sacred, joyous and a time to sit with those they love to worship the One they love, Allah (the Arabic translation of God).

WE DON’T COMPROMISE OUR FAITH BY HANGING OUT WITH PEOPLE WE MAY NOT AGREE WITH. NO, IN FACT, WE REFLECT THE VERY BEST OF OUR FAITH.

It was into that sacred gathering that they expanded the table and pulled up a seat for us and a few other Christian and political leaders throughout San Diego. Their hope was simply to create space in their daily practice for their neighbors to experience life with them. They were both acknowledging city leaders who have been proactive in creating an environment of dignity and mutual relationship and creating a space for new/renewed understanding of one another.

Acknowledging our core faith differences, they made clear that it should in no way detract from our ability to share a common vision for the good of our city. We are neighbors who live, work and play on the same streets with a common desire to see deep, charitable relationships, sustainable economy, mutual understanding and a celebration of diversity.

As I often say, as followers of Jesus, we have no choice but to move toward relationships with those who are marginalized, dehumanized and in need of love. We don’t compromise our faith by hanging out with people we may not agree with. No, in fact, we reflect the very best of our faith.

FULL ARTICLE FROM RELEVANT MAGAZINE 

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