We haven’t had a lively discussion for a while and I think me going to Mecca might give us some fun possibilities. It was the night they announced Ramadan. I was actually inside the Grand Mosque, next to the Kaaba, and a loud canon went off – letting the million plus Muslims there know that tomorrow Ramadan would begin. From there, within seconds, the rest of the Muslim world would know. ”Tomorrow we fast.” Everyone began congratulating each other – me included. Then the evening call to pray went off, and we all lined up, facing the Kaaba (right smack in front of us) and we prayed.
So that was a month ago. I’ve had lots of, let’s say, “feedback” on me going there. I’ve made several Muslims angry and a few more than several Christians upset. I want to ask you if either side has any good arguments – I know you’ll tell me the truth. Here are the three categories for people being angry about me visiting the Muslim Holy City:
1. Since only Muslims can go there, and we assume you’ve NOT become a Muslim – you broke the law of Saudi Arabia and the law of Islam. How can you do that in good conscience?
2. Why would you go there? What was the point? You surely knew it would upset both sides!
3. When you were there, how could you have joined in the Muslim prayers, facing Kaaba – an idol? Wasn’t this the opposite of what Daniel and Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego did in Babylon? Why would you bow down? Seems like you were just trying to save face.
I think those summarize the three positions that some have taken. Of course, I know what my answers are, but what would yours be? Not your best guess of MY answers – but YOUR answers for YOU if you had gone (or maybe you would not have gone).
I think this discussion is vital on several fronts, but I want to let you comment first and then I’ll come back around and let you know MY answers to all three….