There were Muslim-led prayers in the National Cathedral on Friday. Does that bother you?
It bothers a lot of Christians. Franklin Graham seems especially bothered by it saying:
“Tomorrow, the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. — one of the most prominent Episcopal churches in America — will host a Muslim prayer service to Allah. It’s sad to see a church open its doors to the worship of anything other than the One True God of the Bible who sent His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, to earth to save us from our sins.”
There was also a heckler who shouted into the church, “Jesus Christ is on that cross over there,” she yelled. “Get out of our church. Leave our church alone.”
One of the characteristics of the New Covenant is that we are not a physical race of people inhabiting a physical land, nor do we have physical places of worship or ritual.
Believers in the New Covenant are a spiritual people, where two or three are gathered together God is in the midst. Believers are the temple. We live for a better country–heaven. We set our affections on things above. Where your treasure is, there will your heart be.
This idea is completely lost to most supposed New Covenant believers.
Back in the 1100-1300’s, Christians were bothered by Muslims moving into Christian “holy sites.” They were ticked off about Muslims being in their churches. The church’s answer was to go kill Muslims.
The New Covenant tells us to love our enemies. Loving enemies is only possible if you don’t care about things of the earth. If you think any church building is the house of God, you will get upset by others intruding. You might even get angry at them, which can lead to murder.
The National Cathedral is a building. A building that, by its very ornateness, shows it’s not part of any sort of New Covenant thinking.
When Christians get ticked that non-Christians have entered their “sanctuary,” you know things have gotten confused.
This is not sacrilege. It’s not blasphemy. Protesting it is not zeal for God’s house. God does not have a physical house made with hands on this earth. His people are His House.
Muslims can pray in buildings, especially if people who own that building let them. Relax. Set your affections on things above.
“Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight.“